Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington to mark 10th anniversary with gala, ceremonyWASHINGTON — In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C., opening to the public, the foundation behind the monument is hosting two events this week in the capital city. On Wednesday, the foundation will hold an invitation-only anniversary gala in Washington titled “Moving the Dream Forward ...Forever a Stone of Hope,” celebrating the foundation's inaugural class of social justice fellows. The event will also honor the sponsors who helped create the program, as well as pay homage to members of Congress who have supported the foundation over the years, said Harry Johnson Sr., president and CEO of The Memorial Foundation. An anniversary dedication ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the memorial site on Independence Avenue, with appearances and remarks from civic and faith leaders, including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Martin Luther King III, in addition to performances by musicians and local students. "The memorial in Washington, D.C., has become a focal place for people to come looking for that hope, looking for justice," Johnson told USA TODAY in an interview.