By Bob Albrecht
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MCT)
WASHINGTON — Civil rights leaders gathered Wednesday to declare that they had finally overcome their money obstacles and raised more than $100 million to build the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial near the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall.
The group, headed by St. Louis native Harry Johnson, unveiled an elaborate design of the long-delayed memorial, which will include a 30-foot-high granite statue of the slain civil rights leader.
"We're doing everything within our power to get this built," Johnson said. "Once the memorial is built you cannot take it away."