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- As the sun began to rise over the nation's capital, Oct. 16, thousands began to gather in the crisp morning air to honor the legacy of one of the most revered and respected men in American history.more More Arrow

- The March for Jobs and Justice was organized with a broad coalition - including labor unions, churches and the peace movement - by the Rev. Al Sharpton's' National Action Network to call attention to the nation's unemployment crisis, to support President Obama's jobs bill and a variety of interests, including support for statehood for Washington, D.C.more More Arrow

- Forty-eight years and two months after his speech for the ages, the voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. will once again ring out over the National Mall in the nationÕs capitol this Sunday as the memorial to him is dedicated.more More Arrow

- Washington, D.C. - Soul music legend Shirley Murdock will perform her current Top 40 radio hit ÒDream,Ó Oct. 16, at the Morning Glory musical tribute that kicks off the official Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial unveiling ceremony where President Barack Obama will give the keynote address.more More Arrow

- Community leaders, public officials and ordinary citizens gathered together in Washington, D.C. Friday to discuss whether and how Martin Luther King's "dream" was being fulfilled, 48 years after he delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech" during the 1963 March on Washington.more More Arrow

- Hurricane Irene interrupted the formal dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the 48th anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963 "I Have a Dream Speech," but it did not stop a stream of visitors on their pilgrimage to the memorial on the National Mall.more More Arrow

- The AFRO presents interviews from some of the many varied people, traveling from near and far, all hoping to get a glimpse at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.more More Arrow

- Sunday's planned dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington has been postponed because of Hurricane Irene, one of the event's organizers told CNN.more More Arrow

- In spirit, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has taken his rightful place on AmericaÕs National Mall. Twenty-seven years in the making, the journey to the first national memorial honoring an African-American has been a test of the very perseverance Dr. King preached and lived in his 39 short years.more More Arrow

- "This started 26 years ago," said Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation, with the vision of five members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. For years, he said, at each of the conventions, there would be a box, soliciting donations towards a national monument to one of the organization's most notable members, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was initiated into the fraternity in 1952 while at Boston University.more More Arrow


- When a young Aretha Franklin accompanied the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to churches in the early days of the civil rights movement, he usually made a special request for her to sing one song in particular: "Take My Hand, Precious Lord."more More Arrow


- Nuns and priests from the National Black Catholic Clergy Joint Conference recently got a first-hand look at the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., a month before its official unveiling.more More Arrow


- "This started 26 years ago," said Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation, with the vision of five members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. For years, he said, at each of the conventions, there would be a box, soliciting donations towards a national monument to one of the organization's most notable members, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was initiated into the fraternity in 1952 while at Boston University.more More Arrow


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May 1, 1956 - Washington Afro-American
'We're Marching Up To Zion,' Bus Strikers Sing

November 17, 1956 - Baltimore Afro-American
Vote to end 'long long' walk

August 31, 1963 - Baltimore Afro-American
241,000 Voices Shout Out: 'Our Freedom Now'

October 5, 1963 - The Afro American
'Definitely back to Birmingham' pledges Dr. King

June 2, 1964 - Washington Afro-American
Fla. slugs miss King

June 13, 1964 - Baltimore Afro-American
Dr. King arrested in Florida

February 9, 1965 - Baltimore Afro-American
Dr. King goes to Capital today

March 9, 1965 - Washington Afro-American
Sheriff calls Selma drive King's 'personal vendetta'

March 20, 1965 - The Afro American
What's Behind Selma?

October 31, 1967 - Washington Afro-American
Dr. King begins five-day jail term

April 9, 1968 - Washington Afro-American
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Deserves A Better Memorial