The dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall has been rescheduled for Oct. 16, with President Obama, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, members of the King family and civil rights leaders attending.
The 9:30 a.m. ceremony replaces a much more elaborate series of events originally planned for Aug. 28, the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the Mall. Hurricane Irene interfered with those plans, forcing a last-minute cancellation.
Unlike the originally scheduled extravaganza, the October event will be open to the public and no tickets will be needed.
The memorial, which cost $120 million and was more than a decade in the making, has been open for a month and has already drawn thousands of visitors.
Harry Johnson, CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, said the October event will be “much smaller in scale but just as big in spirit.”