In 1996 President Clinton signed a bill proposing the establishment of a Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial. Twelve years later, friends, associates, and admirers of King are still working to raise the $120 million needed to build the memorial.
Yesterday, original civil rights activists gathered on the National Mall at the planned memorial site for a rally. Their goal: to raise the final $18 million so President-elect Obama can dedicate the memorial during his first term. King's memorial will sit between Lincoln's and Jefferson's, and the design pleases King's associates. Clarence Jones, who worked as King's attorney and sometimes speech writer said yesterday: "At some points, I was so welled up in the memories of what the memorial reflected that it really caused me to have quiet tears."
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