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Martin Luther King memorial unveiled – Washington 2011

Washington DC, the city’s official tourism and marketing office, is reporting an increase in calls and other inquiries about the events surrounding the dedication. The office has refocused its marketing efforts to promote King memorial-related hotel packages, including tickets to the official viewing areas at the dedication ceremony. Due to demand since the close of a public lottery for tickets, six of the 16 hotels started offering one-night packages. The office also has reached out to a variety of groups, including faith-based organizations, and targeted niche and national publications, television and radio networks to promote the memorial.

Washington is a beacon for visitors from around the world, particularly in the summer. Its connection to King is already strong: The Mall served as the backdrop for one of his most famous speeches; he rested at one of its landmark hotels, the Willard Hotel; and he has been among revered theologians and ministers to preach at Howard University’s Rankin Chapel .

The dedication of the memorial is scheduled to take place on the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom when King delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. The effort to build the memorial took more than 25 years.

Standing on the grounds of the memorial, gazing at the Stone of Hope and imagining that for years to come, legions will learn and also become inspired by the slain minister and humanitarian were very overwhelming, said Redemptorist Father Maurice Nutt.

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