Aretha Franklin Set to Headline Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Ceremony, Obama to Speak

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has been tapped to provide the musical entertainment for this weekend’s dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall. The dedication was previously postponed from late August due to Hurricane Irene.

President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address and journalist Roland Martin will host. In addition, civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Rep. John Lewis, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, members of the King family and journalist Dan Rather are scheduled to speak.

The MLK statue, standing 30-foot, is the first dedicated to a black leader on the National Mall.

As previously reported by Singersroom, Soul veteran Stevie Wonder has committed $10,000 annually, which will allow blind visitors the chance to touch Dr. King’s face and torso.


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