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Monumental Meaning of MLK Memorial

My mother asked me to take pictures of the newest memorial on the National Mall. It seemed like a silly thing -- until I thought about why she was asking.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was to be dedicated on Sunday -- the anniversary of his Aug. 28, 1963 "I Have A Dream" speech delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at a massive march on Washington.

And I had planned to be among the crowd for the official dedication of the first monument on the Mall honoring a black American.

But the public  ceremony was postponed as Hurricane Irene churned up the East Coast, threatening to bring torrential rain and strong winds to Washington.  King's Alpha Psi Alpha fraternity -- the driving force behind the monument -- held a private dedication on Friday and reading about it reminded me of my mother's request and why it's  important to get there  for her.

An Alpha,  who grew up in Montgomery, Alabama told The Washington Post that he was honoring his mother'…