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Wannabeknowitall
Nov 14th, 2006, 12:34 AM
WASHINGTON - Martin Luther King Jr. belongs among American icons like Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, national leaders said Monday at the ceremonial groundbreaking for a King memorial.

"We give Martin Luther King his rightful place among the many Americans honored on the National Mall,"
President Bush told a crowd of about 5,000.

King's memorial, he said, "will unite the men who declared the promise of America and defended the promise of America with the man who redeemed the promise of America."

The King memorial, slated to open in the spring of 2008, will be the first monument for a civilian and black leader on the large park at Washington's core. It is also probably among the last monuments on the Mall following a 2003 vote in Congress to sharply limit development of the parkland.

The stage in front of the crowd was filled with King's fellow civil rights leaders such as
Jesse Jackson, celebrities like
Oprah Winfrey, politicians including Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, and three of King's children. A gospel choir sang, and Maya Angelou read poetry. Children read essays they had written about King.

Clinton, who signed legislation in 1996 authorizing the memorial, received a standing ovation from the largely black crowd. He told the crowd of King's commitment to nonviolence and social justice causes such as ending poverty, saying those goals still have not yet been achieved.

"If he were here, he would remind us that the time to do right remains," Clinton said.

The memorial will occupy a four-acre plot on the banks of the Tidal Basin, near the Potomac River. The Jefferson Memorial is across the Tidal Basin, while the Lincoln Memorial lies to the northwest, near the river.

The design is based in part on King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech. Before repeating the "Let freedom ring" refrain, King told the crowd, "We will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope."

Visitors will pass through an entryway cut through a massive stone symbolizing the mountain of despair and once inside, will come upon the missing section marking the stone of hope, bearing a carved profile of King. It will be ringed with walls chiseled with King's words that may eventually be the base for a waterfall.

Obama, who has said he is considering a presidential run in 2008, spoke shortly after Bush. He imagined bringing his two young children to the memorial when it is completed and passing through the mountain of despair.

"He never did live to see the promised land from that mountaintop," Obama said. "But he pointed the way for us."

Winfrey credited King and other civil rights leaders with making it possible for her to build her talk show empire.

"It's because of them that I can be heard," she said. "I do not take that for granted, not for one breath."

The memorial was first conceived in 1983 by members of King's fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. But it has been beset by delays and fundraising issues — the memorial's foundation still has only $70 million of the estimated $100 million construction cost.

Eugene Williams, a Washington resident and an Alpha Phi Alpha member, said he believed the rest of the money will be found now that people know the memorial will be built.

"Absolutely, it's coming forth," he said of funding. "This is a monument to the fact that no other person in history has done what King has done."

In a seat nearby, Carolyn Jackson of Philadelphia recalled how as an 18-year-old in 1963 she was among the vast crowd who heard King's "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington. With much of the civil rights struggle still ahead, Jackson didn't imagine at the time she would be back on the National Mall again because of King.

But she was back despite the cold and rainy weather, and this time not at a memorial borrowed from another leader.

"It's a full circle for black people in this country," Jackson said.

Pureracket
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:16 AM
Nice. . .nice. I'm glad I have lived to see this day.


Also, MLK, jr., is a member of the greatest fraternity in the world.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

A Phi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
'06!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RVD
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:35 AM
:worship: :worship:
It seems like this has been FOREVER in coming.
Still, better late than never.
I hope that there will be adequate security measure installed, because this will be one of the most oft-attacked locations in America.
THANK YOU FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON! :D

Knizzle
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:37 AM
The ceremony is on CSPAN right now.

Dawn Marie
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:25 AM
Wonderful! Imagining all the little ones learning about MLK while walking through the museum.

A shout out to Coretta Scott King. Who was MLK's support system while he was making history. This is great news, and finally it looks like the dream will become reality.

LindsayRulez
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:28 AM
You know, I'm all for MLKJ, but what about using that $100 million to save some dying children around the world??

Pureracket
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:39 AM
You know, I'm all for MLKJ, but what about using that $100 million to save some dying children around the world??
You're right, but I think the message from the actual memorial may do more than the money in the long run.

Vlover
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:42 AM
Dr. Martin Luther King one of the best Americans ever lived!:worship: :worship:

Vlover
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:49 AM
You know, I'm all for MLKJ, but what about using that $100 million to save some dying children around the world??

The same could be said for all the other monuments build. not to mention what the the $83B per week being spent on a war could do for Americas children.:tape: Millions of Americans have reaped the rewards of King's legacy but what have we gained from these wars?:devil:

Dawn Marie
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:52 AM
You know, I'm all for MLKJ, but what about using that $100 million to save some dying children around the world??


Maybe the memorial will save many children around the world. Maybe his message and the museum will guide our children's future so that they will help save other children or maybe themselves. MLKJ has a powerful message that will save many lives. It will even help the walking dead.


Looking forward to seeing many children and people enjoying this school field trip.

As for saving millions of dying children and money. Really how hard is it to get a government mint machine or whatever they use and print off money and give it to the dying? Think about it. What's it really take to make money?

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 14th, 2006, 02:59 AM
It will even help the walking dead.

Looking forward to seeing many children and people enjoying this school field trip.

As for saving millions of dying children and money. Really how hard is it to get a government mint machine or whatever they use and print off money and give it to the dying? Think about it. What's it really take to make money?

Who and what is this walking dead?

We can't do that because the value of the American dollar would go down.
I would rather not have 109 American dollars be equal to one Euro.
But we can all sacrifice just a little for this cause if it is that important.

RVD
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:03 AM
You know, I'm all for MLKJ, but what about using that $100 million to save some dying children around the world??The incredible thing about MLK Jr. is that he championed equality worldwide. Sure this money could go to various donations around the world, however, a symbol for equality and equal justice for all is "priceless".

Also, when you consider that a very meager percentage (if any at all) actually reaches those who need it most, then you soon realize that the most powerful tool for these folks is a symbol of 'HOPE'. Something corrupt governments cannot embezzle or mismanage.
And this memorial will epitomize this very thing [...HOPE]. :worship:

THANK YOU KING FAMILY!!

Dawn Marie
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:08 AM
Who and what is this walking dead?

We can't do that because the value of the American dollar would go down.
I would rather not have 109 American dollars be equal to one Euro.
But we can all sacrifice just a little for this cause if it is that important.


The walking dead are people who are alive but not living right, they're unhappy and are just miserable people. The museum will shed some light on these folks and hopefully they will teach in return. These memorials can open up alot of eyes.

I hope to go to the Holocaust museum next year but I have to do it when I'm in the mood. I'm sure it will be sad and emotional.

The USA can do anything. They can print off money and give it away.
Sounds crazy but if you think deep it can be done. Quite easily in fact.

Dawn Marie
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:09 AM
The incredible thing about MLK Jr. is that he championed equality worldwide. Sure this money could go to various donations around the world, however, a symbol for equality and equal justice for all is "priceless".

Also, when you consider that a very meager percentage (if any at all) actually reaches those who need it most, then you soon realize that the most powerful tool for these folks is a symbol of 'HOPE'. Something corrupt governments cannot embezzle or mismanage.
And this memorial will epitomize this very thing [...HOPE]. :worship:

THANK YOU KING FAMILY!!


Amen! Amen! KEEP HOPE ALIVE! KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!!!

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:20 AM
The walking dead are people who are alive but not living right, they're unhappy and are just miserable people. The museum will shed some light on these folks and hopefully they will teach in return. These memorials can open up alot of eyes.

I hope to go to the Holocaust museum next year but I have to do it when I'm in the mood. I'm sure it will be sad and emotional.

The USA can do anything. They can print off money and give it away.
Sounds crazy but if you think deep it can be done. Quite easily in fact.
What exactly is this not living right?
A person you might consider not living right might give you more reasons why they're living right than you can give for them living wrong.

The US government can do as much as we want them to do.
At the same time there's a reason why charitable donations are tax deductable, hint hint. ;)

That's one of the issues with this world today.
People aren't one to try to take some action themselves for the issues in this world.
Instead of I should do something about people starving in this world, it someone else other than me should do something about people starving in this world.
Instead of I can do something about people dieing in Darfur, it's something (implying someone else other than me) should be done about Darfur.

I gave you the option of helping yourself and you would rather anyone other than yourself do something. :(

RVD
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:45 AM
What exactly is this not living right?
A person you might consider not living right might give you more reasons why they're living right than you can give for them living wrong.

The US government can do as much as we want them to do.
At the same time there's a reason why charitable donations are tax deductable, hint hint. ;)

That's one of the issues with this world today.
People aren't one to try to take some action themselves for the issues in this world.
Instead of I should do something about people starving in this world, it someone else other than me should do something about people starving in this world.
Instead of I can do something about people dieing in Darfur, it's something (implying someone else other than me) should be done about Darfur.

I gave you the option of helping yourself and you would rather anyone other than yourself do something. :(Personally speaking, I do far more for others than I do for myself, and I'll be the first to admit that I'm paying for it dearly. But at the end of the day, I feel 'good'. No. I feel ...VERY ... good. :D

I'd bet that their are quite a few here who put in as much time and effort as I do, to reach out with everything that they have with the hope of making a positive contribution to society at large. My wife and I have donated hundreds in personal savings directly to local schools. I work with children, and perform computer and systems repairs, all free of charge. I serve on a School Site Council Board, School Technology Board, and am a member of 2 PTAs. And in my spare time, I've also served on a Principal Selection Committee, and a think-tank on improving Purple-Foldered [At-Risk] student performance. And I've all this since 1994.

Your turn… ;)

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 14th, 2006, 03:59 AM
Personally speaking, I do far more for others than I do for myself, and I'll be the first to admit that I'm paying for it dearly. But at the end of the day, I feel 'good'. No. I feel ...VERY ... good. :D

I'd bet that their are quite a few here who put in as much time and effort as I do, to reach out with everything that they have with the hope of making a positive contribution to society at large. My wife and I have donated hundreds in personal savings directly to local schools. I work with children, and perform computer and systems repairs, all free of charge. I serve on a School Site Council Board, School Technology Board, and am a member of 2 PTAs. And in my spare time, I've also served on a Principal Selection Committee, and a think-tank on improving Purple-Foldered [At-Risk] student performance. And I've all this since 1994.

Your turn… ;)

It's great that you're doing those things.
The post was never geared towards you as it was a reply for Dawn Marie.

I mentioned what I felt was the issue with the world today and it seems that you're not apart of the problem so why exactly did you post it?
I'm sensing some partisanship.
I really would like to have one thread in which there isn't an all-out word war and this seems to be an appropriate thread in which not to have one.

Dawn Marie
Nov 14th, 2006, 04:15 AM
Personally speaking, I do far more for others than I do for myself, and I'll be the first to admit that I'm paying for it dearly. But at the end of the day, I feel 'good'. No. I feel ...VERY ... good. :D

I'd bet that their are quite a few here who put in as much time and effort as I do, to reach out with everything that they have with the hope of making a positive contribution to society at large. My wife and I have donated hundreds in personal savings directly to local schools. I work with children, and perform computer and systems repairs, all free of charge. I serve on a School Site Council Board, School Technology Board, and am a member of 2 PTAs. And in my spare time, I've also served on a Principal Selection Committee, and a think-tank on improving Purple-Foldered [At-Risk] student performance. And I've all this since 1994.

Your turn… ;)

Wow, this is wonderful!! You both sound like good people.

I don't do as much as you seem to do/did. I did in the past year help out a fellow student(who I knew for only 6 months prior) by loaning her monies to continue her nursing degree. She was desperate and would have had to drop out. So I gave her monies that I really couldn't afford. A little over a year she gave me this beautiful thank you card. Everyday I communicate with lonely people at my job. I'm not the type to brush the patients off. I sit and I really talk to them.

Just last night I worked a double shift and bought a retirement cake for a long time worker. Seeing as nobody was going to do anything for her. I worked with her for 10 years and she's 67. Wonderful lady. I felt good inside. We got close and infact she was the first person who I worked with on My first day 10 years ago.

My friend, Karla and I are going to help the less fortunate either on Thanksgiving or the day before. This is something that I always wanted to do on Turkey day.

I always donate monies to the salvation army. And toys for tots.

Last but not least. 2 weeks ago. It felt really good to communicate with a terminal patient on how she wanted to live her last days. She was undecided on what to do. She didn't know whether to continue going through another chemo treatment or just letting the cancer take it's course. I feel I gave her wonderful advice . We talked about life and how she felt she had a wonderful life. I refered her to a sister for spiritual guidance. We talked about her quality of life. Before I left her room she gave me a compliment and I gave her a hug. She died a few days later.

Dawn Marie
Nov 14th, 2006, 04:26 AM
Wannabe I'm sorry. I'm all out of replies to you. It's quite obvious that you're not getting my post. I can't reply anymore to you.

MLKJ museum will HELP, give HOPE,INSPIRE,ENLIGHTEN people. I see only good from the memorial.

RVD
Nov 14th, 2006, 04:39 AM
It's great that you're doing those things.
The post was never geared towards you as it was a reply for Dawn Marie.

I mentioned what I felt was the issue with the world today and it seems that you're not apart of the problem so why exactly did you post it?
I'm sensing some partisanship.
I really would like to have one thread in which there isn't an all-out word war and this seems to be an appropriate thread in which not to have one.:lol: Cool your heals there kiddo. I was just mess'n wif ya, since my workout partner didn't show up. :mad: :lol:
I needed a spotter when lifting the amount iron I push. I swear, good help is so hard to find. ;)

Anyway, no partisanship here. :wavey:
My push was for the dismantling of the Neo-conservative hate machine. And since that's been a quite the success at this point, I'm as happy as a wild pig after a tsunami. :lol:
This thread is purely for extolling the praises due an incredible American family.

RVD
Nov 14th, 2006, 04:47 AM
Wow, this is wonderful!! You both sound like good people.

I don't do as much as you seem to do/did. I did in the past year help out a fellow student(who I knew for only 6 months prior) by loaning her monies to continue her nursing degree. She was desperate and would have had to drop out. So I gave her monies that I really couldn't afford. A little over a year she gave me this beautiful thank you card. Everyday I communicate with lonely people at my job. I'm not the type to brush the patients off. I sit and I really talk to them.

Just last night I worked a double shift and bought a retirement cake for a long time worker. Seeing as nobody was going to do anything for her. I worked with her for 10 years and she's 67. Wonderful lady. I felt good inside. We got close and infact she was the first person who I worked with on My first day 10 years ago.

My friend, Karla and I are going to help the less fortunate either on Thanksgiving or the day before. This is something that I always wanted to do on Turkey day.

I always donate monies to the salvation army. And toys for tots.

Last but not least. 2 weeks ago. It felt really good to communicate with a terminal patient on how she wanted to live her last days. She was undecided on what to do. She didn't know whether to continue going through another chemo treatment or just letting the cancer take it's course. I feel I gave her wonderful advice . We talked about life and how she felt she had a wonderful life. I refered her to a sister for spiritual guidance. We talked about her quality of life. Before I left her room she gave me a compliment and I gave her a hug. She died a few days later.:worship: Hey, every bit that we can do for one another is far more than the governemnet could possible hope to do. What I mean has to do with the goodness of one's heart. :angel:

I have a friend who will be laid off soon, and I let him know that I'll be buying groceries for him, and soon as it happens. I'm not a rich or well-off man by any means. But I can certainly help a friend out if I am at all capable. And though it shouldn't matter, he's white and an ex-military ghost [...one of those guys used to assasinate 'whomever', and who didn't himself exist]. :)

Scotso
Nov 14th, 2006, 04:49 AM
If it's a foundation collecting the money, then people are donating it? So, uhm, sorry but, you can't just decide how people spend their own money. If they want to spend it on a MLK Jr. memorial, more power to them.

Scotso
Nov 14th, 2006, 04:50 AM
"He never did live to see the promised land from that mountaintop," Obama said. "But he pointed the way for us."

:worship:

Dawn Marie
Nov 14th, 2006, 05:08 AM
If it's a foundation collecting the money, then people are donating it? So, uhm, sorry but, you can't just decide how people spend their own money. If they want to spend it on a MLK Jr. memorial, more power to them.

:worship:

I will plan on seeing this in 2008. I always wanted to go to Washington DC to see where Dr. King made his famous speech.

*abby*
Nov 14th, 2006, 08:42 AM
about bloody time!

"Sluggy"
Nov 14th, 2006, 08:51 AM
Im very happy to hear this, he was my hero as a child.