Politicians, business leaders, and educators gathered at the national mall in Washington, DC to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the march on Washington.
The celebration was held earlier today on the future site of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
The memorial will consist of a statue of Dr. King emerging from a block of stone.
Officials with the King memorial foundation have already raised 106 of the estimated 120 million dollars needed to build the memorial.
During the celebration secretary of education Arne Duncan announced the start of the “Kids 4 King” competition, which will encourage children to keep Dr. King’s dream alive.
“The more our students, our young children understand what King stood for and the battles he fought and why he fought them and the huge source of inspiration he’s been for so many in our generation, we need to make sure those lessons, those values, that sense of leadership get instilled in this next generation of students.”