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For Immediate Release: November 13, 2006


Contact: George Holmes - (212) 598-4000


CORE Joins the King Family, President Bush, Former President Bill Clinton, Government Officials, U.S. Senators, Members of Congress, Celebrities, Civil Rights, Religious & Corporate leaders in Groundbreaking Ceremony for the

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.



CORE's Executive Director, George Holmes and National Spokesperson, Niger Innis, were among the Hundreds of leaders from the civil rights, political, religious, entertainment and corporate communities invited to witness the groundbreaking ceremony for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial cite in Washington, D.C.


The CORE officials joined members of the King family (Martin Luther King, III; Yolanda King and Dr. Bernice King); President George W. Bush; former President Bill Clinton; Oprah Winfrey and other high profile celebrities in dedicating the cite where the memorial to Dr. King will be built. The cite was carefully selected on the mall about 125 ft. from the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech more than 42 years ago. Millions of other people around the world watched the event which was carried live on television.


CORE Chairman, Roy Innis, said in a statement that it was appropriate and timely for King to be honored in this way and saluted the leaders and members of the Alpha Psi Alpha Fraternity who spearheaded the project over the past several years.


King will be the first African-American to be honored with a memorial in the Nation's Capital. The memorial is expected to be completed sometime in 2008 and will feature selected quotes from some of Dr. King's speeches inscribed on a marble wall.


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