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Dawn Covington takes a group photo of students from the Career Academy in Baltimore on Thursday as they gather around the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on the Mall. Hurricane Irene in August forced postponement of its dedication, which will take place on Sunday. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Dawn Covington takes a group photo of students from the Career Academy in Baltimore on Thursday as they gather around the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on the Mall. Hurricane Irene in August forced postponement of its dedication, which will take place on Sunday. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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