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Obama to speak at MLK memorial dedication

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President Obama will speak Aug. 28 at the dedication of the memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall, the White House announced Thursday.

The ceremony will mark the 48th anniversary of King’s “I have a dream” speech during the March on Washington in 1963.

The $120 million memorial will feature excerpts from King’s sermons and speeches, as well as a sculpture of the civil-rights leader. Located between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, it’s the only monument on the Mall that does not commemorate either a president or a war.

Former secretary of State Colin Powell and entertainers Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin are among those expected to participate in five days of concerts and other events surrounding the dedication.

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Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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