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King To Soon Stand in Nation's Capital

Between Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln, there soon will stand a King.

The Martin Luther King Junior National Memorial will be built among the famous presidential monuments in Washington D.C. Set to open by early 2009, it will feature his famous words carved in stone, a waterfall, a grove of trees and a statue of Dr. King. All of this will take $100 million to complete.

On today's show, Farai spoke with Harry Johnson, president and CEO of The Washington D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.

He explained how the foundation has handled building a big, expensive project on a very precious piece of federal land and offered his part on the controversy surrounding the foundation's choice of an artist to create the King statue.

Below are some artists' renderings of the planned memorial. Tell us what you think: Will the foundation be able to raise the remaining funds for construction? What do you think about the look of the monument? Is this long overdue?

Aerial View MLK Memorial Site


Aerial View of the Memorial Site
Courtesy of The Washington D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation

Sculpted mountain


Sculpted "Mountain of Despair"

Side Profile of Sculpted Stone of Hope


Side Profile of Sculpted Stone of Hope

All Photos Courtesy of The Washington D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation

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