Delayed MLK dedication could draw smaller crowd
WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizers are preparing for a smaller crowd at the rescheduled dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial than what was expected on the event's original date.
The King Memorial foundation has applied for a permit to accommodate 50,000 people on Oct. 16. Organizers had expected 250,000 attendees for the dedication's initial date of Aug. 28, but Hurricane Irene forced a delay. The new permit is not yet approved.
National Park Service spokesman Bill Line says organizers can change the application to accommodate more people as the date draws closer. The original application for an Aug. 28 event first called for 25,000 attendees. That number was increased several times.
The White House says President Barack Obama will speak at the rescheduled dedication.