WASHINGTON -- This Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, marks the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech. It's also the dedication day for his memorial in Washington, D.C.
"The memorial to Dr. King is the first on the National Mall to celebrate a man of color, hope and peace," said Harry E. Johnson Sr., president of the MLK National Memorial Foundation.
It's also a monument that has been in the works for some time. In 1996, Congress passed a joint resolution authorizing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. to build a memorial in Washington, D.C., honoring Dr. King.
In 2006, President George W. Bush joined former President Bill Clinton, members of Congress and an array of civil rights leaders for the memorial's groundbreaking ceremony.
At this Sunday's dedication, President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak.