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Dedication is Free and Open to Public, No Tickets Required

Washington, D.C. (October 11, 2011) – The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will be dedicated this Sunday, October 16, in a ceremony hosted by the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. The dedication activities will begin with an 8 a.m. hour-long “Morning Joy” program, emceed by Roland Martin. The Dedication program, emceed by PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill, will begin at 9 a.m. and pay tribute to Dr. King with the words of noted speakers including civil rights leaders and King family members, as well as musicians and poets. President Barack Obama will deliver the dedication address.

Civil rights leaders including Julian Bond, Reverend Joseph Lowery, Congressman John Lewis, Marian Wright Edelman, Ambassador Andrew Young, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Lee A. Saunders, and Reverend Al Sharpton are scheduled to speak as well as members of the King Family and Dan Rather, who covered the civil rights movement early in his career. Musical and spoken tributes will be delivered by poet Nikki Giovanni, Mary Mary, Miri Ben-Ari and PoemCees, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Jennifer Holliday. The Dedication Choir is a specially selected group of 75 vocalists from across the Washington metropolitan area and directed by Reverend Nolan Williams, Jr.

At 11 a.m., a ceremonial dedication will take place in the forecourt of the Memorial, and this portion of the program will be broadcast on jumbotrons in West Potomac Park. Herman “Skip” Mason, general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Aretha Franklin, Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation, and President Barack Obama will participate. Special guests include Vice President Joe Biden, United States Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and more.

“Sunday’s Dedication will be a wonderful way to celebrate the life, the dream, and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as democracy, hope, justice, and love – ecumenical tenants for which Dr. King so bravely stood, and upon which the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was built,” said Harry E. Johnson, Sr., president and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. “Although our plans have been scaled back, I am confident Sunday’s event will be momentous for all who join us in West Potomac Park and those who tune in from across the country and around the world to witness this long-awaited moment in our nation’s history.”

The West Potomac Park ceremony is free and open to the public. No tickets are required, and the public is encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets and chairs. Gates will open at 6 a.m. and the public may access West Potomac Park via four gates on Independence Avenue, SW. The National Park Service officially welcomed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial as America’s 395th national park on Aug. 28, 2011, the originally scheduled Dedication date and the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

A complete list of Dedication Program participants follows. Visit http://www.DedicatetheDream.org for the most up-to-date information about the Dedication. The General Motors Foundation and Chevrolet will serve as Dedication Chair and Dedication Co-Chair is The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation. Dedication Vice Chairs include Aetna, Boeing, BP, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, GE, MacFarlane Partners, McDonald’s, Salamander Hotels, Travelers, Wal-Mart Stores, and Zoilëmax Foundation.


Morning Joy Participants

· Emcee Roland Martin
· Dupont Diversity Choir
· The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir
· Kumar Das and Abhik Mukherjee
· Shirley Murdock
· Rabbi Israel Dresner
· Dedication Choir


Dedication Program Participants

· Presentation of the Colors: Joint Service Color Guard
· National Anthem: Nova Nelson
· Master of Ceremonies Gwen Ifill
· Reverend Joseph Ratliff (invocation)
· District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray
· Julian Bond
· Christine King Farris
· Martin Luther King, III
· Bernice King
· Mary Mary
· Dan Rather
· Reverend Joseph Lowery
· Congressman John Lewis
· Nikki Giovanni
· Marian Wright Edelman
· Ambassador Andrew Young
· Miri Ben-Ari and PoemCees
· Dan Akerson
· Tommy Hilfiger
· Amandla Stenberg
· Dedication Choir
· Reverend Jesse Jackson
· Lee A. Saunders
· Reverend Al Sharpton
· Cicely Tyson
· Sweet Honey in the Rock
· Jennifer Holliday
· Reverend Raphael Warnock (benediction)


Ceremonial Dedication Participants

· Herman “Skip” Mason
· Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
· Aretha Franklin
· Harry Johnson
· President Barack Obama

About the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.

A Memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be dedicated on October 16, 2011. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is on the National Mall, situated adjacent to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and in a direct line between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Congress passed a Joint Resolution in 1996 authorizing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to establish a Memorial in Washington, D.C. honoring Dr. King. McKissack & McKissack/ Turner Construction Company/Tompkins Builders, Inc./Gilford Corporation Joint Venture served as the Design-Build Team. For more information or to make a donation, visit http://www.buildthedream.org.

The Women’s Leadership Forum & Obama for America

cordially invite you to attend the

17th Annual National Issues Conference

President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama


along with special guests

Honorable Madeleine Albright
Valerie Jarrett
Melody Barnes
Tina Tchen
David Plouffe
Nancy-Ann DeParle
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Chair Designee
Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Katie Jacobs Stanton
Jim Messina, Obama for America Campaign Manager
Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Deputy Campaign Manager
Julianna Smoot, Deputy Campaign Manager
*speaker list in formation


May 19, 2011
Grand Hyatt Washington
Washington, DC


WNDC members are eligible for $250 tickets IF PURCHASED THROUGH THE WNDC. Please contact Patricia Fitzgerald, (202) 232-7363 ext. 3003 Patricia Fitzgerald.
New members may take advantage of this special offer,  however, membership applications must come in at least a week prior to the event.

Paid for by Obama Victory Fund 2012, a joint fundraising committee authorized by Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee. 

As one of the newest contributing editors for The Root — Anji Corley launches her weekly blogspot.

Check her out as she goes “Beyond Fame!” with Dr. Cornel West.


Anji chats with the celebrity scholar about his new public radio show with Tavis Smiley called Smiley & West; the current mortgage crises; educational ills and issues in society;  President Obama; his homeboy Jay-Z; his opinion on social media; who inspires Dr. West and where his greatest joy comes from.

Listen and learn!

Anji Corley goes “Beyond Fame!” with Dr. Cornel West


About The Root

The Root is a daily online magazine that provides thought-provoking commentary on today’s news from a variety of black perspectives. The site also hosts an interactive genealogical section to trace one’s ancestry through AfricanDNA.com, a DNA testing site co-founded by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who is also The Root’s Editor-In-Chief. The Root aims to be an unprecedented departure from traditional American journalism, raising the profile of black voices in mainstream media and engaging anyone interested in black culture around the world.


About Anji Corley

As the host of the mid-day air waves on WPGC 95.5 FM (DC), Anji Corley — affectionately known to radio insiders and fans as the “Energizer Bunny”, is a true Media Maven. Blessed with a dynamic personality and a love for her profession – Anji brings her dedication day in and day out to Washington, DC’s urban airwaves. A native of Long Island, NY and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Anji has had a tremendous 15-year career in Radio, Television, Mass Media and Theatre. Over the years, Anji has worn many hats – On-Air Personality; Television Host; Reporter; Writer; Model (Celebrity, Runway & Print); Entertainment News Journalist; Editor; Celebrity Guest Judge; Actress; Lifestyle Contributor; Host; Commentator; Keynote Speaker; Promotions Director; Producer; Entertainment Reporter; and Contributing Editor.

Media Career:
WPGC 95.5 FM (Washington, DC) ; theRoot.com ; Washington Full Circle ; WAMO 106.7 FM (Pittsburgh) ; On Q Magazine ; Live in Hollywood hosted by Kiki Shepherd ; Gimmie The Mike! on WPXI -TV ; The Midday Experience with Anji ; The Wake Up Morning Show ; The Hip Hop Wire ; Crunk Radio with Lil Jon ; CNN/Headline News’ “Prime News with Vinnie Politan”.

Anji gives back:
Spokesperson for “Neediest Kids”, the Leukemia Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Pittsburgh’s AIDS Task Force, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

For bookings & inquiries:  Rachel J Newman: (202) 643-4250: Rae@MGSandbox.com


Covering the Midterm Elections in Washington, DC

From the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s – Sidney Harman Hall ; Airing Mon., Oct 25th through Thurs., Oct. 28th at 11 pm ET/PT


Guests Include Council Of Economic Advisors Chairman Austan Goolsbee; Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE); and The 44th President Of The United States – President Barack Obama

NEW YORK, October 20, 2010 — “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” heads to the nation’s capital to cover the midterm elections with a special week of “Indecision 2010” episodes from Monday, October 25 through Thursday, October 28. “When Grizzlies Attack: A ‘Daily Show’ Midterm Teapartyganza” will be taped at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall in D.C. and air nightly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Host Jon Stewart will be joined by his team of award-wishing correspondents (Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, Aasif Mandvi, Olivia Munn, John Oliver and Larry Wilmore), to both set the stage for these historic elections and to look for any incumbents who need help packing their things.


Guest appearances include Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Austan Goolsbee (October 25), Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE; October 26) and the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama(October 27).

“The Daily Show’s” week-long “teapartyganza” leads up to the show’s October 30 “Rally to Restore Sanity,” a rally for people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority.

This marks the eighth time the series has taken its critically-acclaimed and award-winning “Indecision” coverage on the road to broadcast for a week, having previously travelled to Philadelphia (2000 RNC), Los Angeles (2000 DNC), Boston (2004 DNC), Denver (2008 DNC) and Minneapolis (2008 RNC) to cover the national party conventions, to Washington, D.C. (2002) and Columbus, OH (2006) for special, midterm election coverage. The series first earned its political stripes during the now-infamous 2000 election, receiving an Emmy® Award and a prestigious George Foster Peabody® Award for its year-long “Indecision 2000” coverage of the race for the White House, feats repeated during the series’ “Indecision 2004” election reporting.

“The Daily Show” airs Monday-Thursday at 11:00 p.m. and repeats at 1:30 a.m. the same night and at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. the following day (all times ET/PT). Full episodes, as well as clips, are posted for viewing the following day at www.thedailyshow.com with URL and embed links.

Jon Stewart, Rory Albanese and Josh Lieb are the executive producers of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” with Kahane Cooperman serving as co-executive producer. Supervising producers are Steve Bodow, Jennifer Flanz, Hillary Kun, Adam Lowitt and Jim Margolis. Jill Katz is the executive in charge of production. The series’ head writer is Steve Bodow and it is directed by Chuck O’Neil.

About the Shakespeare Theatre Company:
The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s innovative approach to Shakespeare and other classic playwrights has earned it the reputation as the nation’s premier classical theatre company. By focusing on works with profound themes, complex characters and poetic language written by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and the playwrights he influenced, the Company’s artistic mission is unique among theatre companies: to present theatre of scope and size in an imaginative, skillful and accessible American style that honors the playwrights’ language and intentions while viewing their work through a 21st-century lens. In its 2007-2008 season, the Company opened the Harman Center for the Arts consisting of Sidney Harman Hall and the Lansburgh Theatre, both located in downtown Washington’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. A dynamic hub of activity, the Harman Center showcases the Company as well as outstanding local performing arts groups and nationally renowned organizations.

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