Thousands attend the Ceremonial Groundbreaking on the National Mall co-hosted by Tavis Smiley and Soledad O’Brien. Those in attendance include Presidents Bush and Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Senator Barack Obama, Diane Sawyer, Dr. King’s children – Yolanda, Martin III and Bernice, Members of the President’s Cabinet, Members of Congress, Greek-letter organization leaders and members, various civil rights icons, spiritual leaders, corporate sponsors, families and friends celebrate the historic event. Kathleen Battle sang the National Anthem while entertainment was provided by BeBe Winans, Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Byron Cage and The Ebenezer AME Church Choir.

Announcement Date: November 13, 2006