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D.C. students offer reading of MLK's 'Dream' speech

Friday - 1/13/2012, 5:47am  ET

WASHINGTON - A group of fifth-grade students is preparing to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of what would have been his 83rd birthday.

The students from Washington's Watkins Elementary are visiting the Lincoln Memorial on Friday afternoon and will recite King's "I Have a Dream" speech from the same steps where he spoke in 1963.

The National Park Service also will have a wreath-laying ceremony Sunday at noon to mark the birthday of the slain civil rights leader.

On Monday, a wreath will be laid at the new King Memorial on the National Mall, which opened in August. Since then, the King Memorial Foundation says more than 2 million visitors from around the world have visited the memorial. A brief ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. Monday.

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