Obama, Aretha to headline MLK monument dedication

WASHINGTON (AP) -October 12, 2011

The dedication was postponed from late August because of Hurricane Irene.

Journalist Roland Martin will be the emcee. Besides /*Obama,*/ speakers will include civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Rep. John Lewis, the /*Rev. Jesse Jackson*/ and members of the King family. Journalist Dan Rather will also speak.

A ceremonial dedication will be held at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the memorial, where the queen of soul will perform.

The towering 30-foot monument is the first dedicated to a black leader on the National Mall.

King stands with his arms crossed, carved from a stone and looking toward the horizon.

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