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Students plan trip to Washington for MLK Memorial dedication

After several years of delays, a national memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr is set to be dedicated this weekend in Washington DC. Several students from here at Kentucky State University say not even the threat of earthquakes or hurricanes could keep them from this event.

Ten students from Kentucky State University plan to make the trip to Washington, D.C. on Friday for this weekend's dedication. Student Government President Demetrick Coleman says it's an important opportunity.

"It's an opportunity of a lifetime. It's historic. We go down in history when we have our children and have our families, we can tell them 'I was there when they unveiled this monument. I went to D.C. when President Obama spoke at the ceremony'," says Coleman.

But with yesterday's earthquake and Hurricane Irene setting her sights on the area for this weekend, the event is facing some challenges. Coleman says his group is committed to going and hoping for the best.

"We just have faith that it will be a great event and we want to ask and pray to our god that any storm passes over," he says.

Coleman says the trip required some quick organization from faculty and staff.

"School just started two days ago and the trip is this weekend. The support from faculty and administration has been great," he says.

And if Hurricane Irene does make an appearance at the ceremony?

"If the hurricane does hit, I'll stand and endure it until the end!" he says.

That dedication ceremony is set to begin at 11:00 on Sunday morning.

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