MLK memorial date pushed back

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

June 20, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The completion date for the Martin Luther King Junior Memorial in Washington is being pushed back.

Organizers say it's now set for spring 2010 instead of 2009.

Meanwhile, members of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts appear pleased with a redesign of the memorial. Critics say the previous design made King look confrontational, and like a socialist leader. The new one is said to soften his brow and mouth. The commission has yet to vote on it.

Fundraising for the memorial, which will be erected between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, appears to be going well. The total collected is just five million dollars shy of the original 100 million-dollar goal. But a higher goal is expected to be announced in coming weeks.

(Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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