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-- right now the brand new Martin Luther King Jr.
memorial is open to the public for the first time in fact has been open about 46 minutes right now.
There will be dedicated on Sunday in a special ceremony by the president.
On the fortieth anniversary.
Of this historic speech.
-- have a -- One day.
Did mention -- -- wrapped up.
-- Johnson is president and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr.
national memorial project foundation and I've mr.
Johnson congratulations how does it feel to finally be here at this point.
Oh what a great feeling this what's this say that we hear -- -- -- here we're gonna dedicate the memorial on Sunday.
-- congress granted permission for this memorial.
I did to happen to be built how it was going to be done with another question we're taking some look at set -- With the memorial looks like at this time and really it's been a labor of love has -- -- You had to raise a heck of a lot of money during a very tough economic time what was the biggest challenge in getting this project done.
What money of course I mean -- we got really kick off our public campaign.
9/11 happens same week so it delayed that a year.
Then as -- nominee and then Katrina so.
Every eighteen months so the but we persevered and how grateful we are.
That -- raised a 115 of the 120 million needed and we have the dedication on this -- please stuff.
-- of five million dollars more.
What what is that many -- who what where where it says the most or the major expense.
May -- -- -- course was destruction dollars with material labor.
So that's where most of the way to yet.
-- in his split between corporate sponsors and individuals individuals can donate as well they'd like to donate to this memorial.
Yes they -- how pleased we -- we had great corporate sponsors foundations high dollar net worth individuals.
But then just everyday Americans who have donated five -- ten dollars.
I -- is still donate go to our dedicate the dream.
Dot org web site and make Indonesia -- not we would appreciate it.
Johnson -- really I've been on the forefront of getting this this memorial done just a seven in our personal journey.
And oh how -- that -- for you.
It's it's been a labor of love as you stated -- that what better place can one put himself -- herself -- Then say did you help build a national memorial to a man like -- the -- the first of its kind.
To a man of peace not president and the first memo to a man of color on our nation's.
-- it's one of those times in history is -- at that you wonder what would He say now.
What would it be now to have his leadership here and -- obviously it's -- it's a question we cancer but at least you can celebrate his his legacy and as you mentioned the fortieth anniversary of the I have the dream speech is this Sunday the president will be there in -- -- dedication and you expect.
-- people to benefit without people subscribe to if it is that but -- thousands of 300000 people.
But how apple for it is that this is the most living memorial so we have doctor -- words -- on a on -- wall.
And they will Lil of it if from the end they have relevance today as they did when you first -- mean.
Johnson thank you for joining us on -- historic week -- congratulations again sir.
I appreciate --
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