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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King's Life and Legacy

Secretary Salazar reports on the progress underway at the memorial being constructed on the National Mall in Dr. Martin Luther King’s honor.

Editor's Note: On Monday, January 17th, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and other Administration officials will honor Dr. Martin Luther King by participating in a National Day of Service.

On Monday, our Nation will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,  a man whose service and sacrifice touched the lives of all Americans. 

Dr. King’s vision for empowering individuals, strengthening communities, and bridging social and economic barriers is as relevant today as it ever has been.  That is why I encourage all Americans to honor Dr. King’s life by participating in Monday’s  "National Day of Service," through which you can get out in your community to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors.

I am also proud to report on the progress underway at the memorial being constructed on the National Mall in Dr. King’s honor.  Yesterday, I visited the memorial site with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, DC Mayor Vincent Gray and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. When completed later this year, the memorial will serve to remind us of Dr. King’s hope, sense of justice, and quest for equality.  

Here are some photos of the progress underway at this tremendous monument.  The memorial will be a proud tribute to Dr. King’s life and legacy. 

Salazar Tours MLK Memorial

Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and DC Mayor Vincent Gray tour the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial site. January 14, 2011. (by Tami Heilemann, Department of the Interior)