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Media Preview of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall

August 22, 2011

Date: 08/22/2011 Location: Washington, DC Description: Foreign Press Center selected foreign journalists were among the small group invited for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Memorial - State Dept Image

August 22, 2011; Washington, DC.
Contact: Washington Foreign Press Center Media Relations Officer Doris Robinson
Telephone: 202-504-6353; email:

The Foreign Press Center arranged a tour to the media preview of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, in advance of the official dedication on August 28. Twenty-six journalists from Germany, Belgium, Spain, Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Korea, China, Russia, Switzerland, Chile, and Denmark attended. The journalists filmed B-roll of the memorial, and interviewed Foundation President and CEO Harry Johnson, Executive Architect Dr. Ed Jackson, and Master Sculptor Lei Yixin. The tour contributed to journalists' understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King's significance to that movement