The official dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington D.C. will now take place on October 16.
The star-studded dedication was originally set for August 28, which marked the 48th anniversary of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. However, dangerous winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Irene forced event organizers to postpone the highly-anticipated event.
The new date comes with a little black history of its own. October 16 marks the 16th anniversary of the Million Man March on Washington, an event organized in 1995 to make the voice of black Americans heard loud and clear in the nation’s capital.
President Obama, who was scheduled to speak at the August 28 ceremony, still plans to speak at the October 16 dedication, according to organizers. An official announcement about the new date is expected to come this week.