Hundreds descend on Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Hundreds of people are attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin
Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall.

Dignitaries and
celebrities at Sunday's event include the Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin
Luther King III, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, comedian Dick Gregory and
actors Jamie Foxx and Chris Tucker.

Sharpton calls this weekend an
“intersection of history,” with the nation's first black president
taking the oath of office for a second term the same weekend as the
federal holiday commemorating King's life. Sharpton says there was a
time when no one believed the country would have either a black
president or a federal holiday for a black civil rights leader. He says
we have both today because of “struggles … and bloodshed and folks who
would not turn around.”