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Posted Jun 26, 2013

Building the Dream

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In August, 2011 America finally welcomed a great man of peace to take his place among monuments to statesmen and warriors on the National Mall in Washington D.C. 

On the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic “I have a dream” speech, Alabama Public Television, in association with Rubicon Productions, Inc., proudly presents Building the Dream. In production for more than four years, Building the Dream offers unique insight into the challenges faced - and overcome - in the twenty-seven year effort to create a national memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. Interviews with Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Andrew Young, John Lewis, John Warner, Connie Morella, John Sarbanes, King family members, and others tell the story of the Memorial from conception to completion. 

Building the Dream recounts the origins of a bold idea for an MLK Memorial which originated at a small, informal gathering of King’s Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers in 1983. Alpha Phi Alpha takes up the cause, eventually creating the MLK Memorial Foundation to broaden the effort including corporate and private partners in the cause. The film follows the project through fundraising, design, bureaucratic hurdles, and groundbreaking, and shows the stones arriving on site and being moved into place. We watch as the nation celebrates the public opening of the Memorial with a gala dedication ceremony. 

Building the Dream recounts the journey of an idea - from a group of friends talking around a kitchen table to the creation of this permanent symbol - to ensure King’s Dream will remain alive for future generations. 

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial design is based on words from Dr. King’s speech delivered on August 28 at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. “With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.”

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The monument to Dr. King represents the "Solid rock of brotherhood" referred to in his I Have a Dream speech.

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is now a reality on the National Mall.

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is now a reality on the National Mall.

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The face of Martin Luther King, Jr. is rendered in clay prior to carving stone for the monument.

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A sculptor puts finishing touches on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Building the Dream tells the story of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall.

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.

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