Building the Dream

Building the Dream

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 9:00pm

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

Credit: Alabama Public Television

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. Building the Dream, airing Monday, January 16, 2017 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, 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.