New October date set for MLK memorial dedication

September 11, 2011 - 5:30 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizers have set new date in October for dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington.

Executive Architect Ed Jackson Jr. told The Associated Press on Sunday that the memorial will now be dedicated Oct. 16. A formal announcement is expected soon.

The dedication had been planned for Aug. 28, the 48th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. But it was delayed by Hurricane Irene, which swept through Washington with high winds and rain.

President Barack Obama had been scheduled to speak and up to 250,000 people were expected to attend. When the event was postponed, organizers said they wanted to set a new date with the White House.

Oct. 16 will be the 16th anniversary of the Million Man March on the National Mall in 1995.