Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation announced in this week's Louisville Defender Newspaper plans for the August 28th dedication of the MLK National Memorial, in West Potomac Park, in Washington, D.C. The official dedication is set for Sunday, August 28, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. The new Memorial, visually positioned between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, will feature more than a dozen King quotes in granite and four recurring themes of his legacy -- democracy, justice, hope, and love. I am not sure if this quote is there, but it is one of my favorites, "The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool."
And as the tribute does for the men and women of the Bible who walked with God that is the Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews, Chapter 11, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will stand as a testament of the life of a mighty man of faith who trusted God, dreamed big, and changed the course of history. It, too, will serve as a reminder that King’s dream of freedom, equality and justice for all, the substance of things hoped for, was not fully realized in his lifetime.
If you'd like to receive tickets, you have until 11:59 on May 31st to place your name in the online lottery on the official website to receive up to six free tickets for special seating at the official dedication. Lottery winners will be notified by email on June 15th. Faith-based groups may request tickets here.