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Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, President Obama announced for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication

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Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, President Obama announced for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication

Several big names in music and politics are going to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication on August 28 at West Potomac Park in Washington D.C. on the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and the classic “I Have A Dream” speech.

The celebrities on tap to be celebrity co-chairs are Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, Jr., George Lucas, Jamie Foxx and Clarence Avant. Other movers and shakers in politics and civil rights will be present at the ceremony. According to the press release:

Members of the King Family, civil rights leaders including Congressman John Lewis, Ambassador Andy Young, Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Reverend Joseph Lowery, and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will play a role in several events in the nation’s capital to celebrate the Memorial’s dedication August 24 through 28. Former Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, General Colin Powell, Tom Brokaw, Maya Angelou, Alpha Phi Alpha General President Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr., Tommy Hilfiger, General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson, leaders of the faith-based community and more will participate in Dedication Week events. President Barack Obama will deliver remarks during the August 28 Dedication Ceremony.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. is the first memorial dedicated to, according to the release, “the first on the National Mall to honor a man of peace, hope, and color.” You can learn more about the memorial and the events scheduled at the memorial’s official website.

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Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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