Thursday August 25, 2011, only 3 short days before the official dedication ceremonies for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a street named in his honor in the Southeast ward of the city was ceremonially stretched to the site of his memorial.
Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue begins in Ward8 right off of the 295 freeway and ends at Good Hope Rd. SE. On Thursday officials from the Dedicating the Dream team ceremonially stretched this name across the 11th Street Bridge, across 395 South going towards downtown D.C. to Maine and Independence Avenues, ending right along the stretch of drive before you hit the Tidal Basin, where the location of the memorial is located.
The dedication took place on Sunday August 28th and President Barack Obama delivered remarks. Singers, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, actor, Jamie Foxx and filmmaker, George Lucas were co-chairs of the event. Rev. Al Sharpton was on hand to help lead a march and a memorial concert was also held in his honor with top billing artists performing to honor Dr. King.
The memorial opened to the public on August 22 at 11am and closed shortly after the earthquake on Tuesday due to precaution. Every other day that week the memorial was open from 9am-10pm and closed on Saturday to prepare for ceremony on Sunday, which began at 11am. The Memorial officially opened August 29th and will operate daily from 9am-10pm.