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NBC, CBS, ABC Set for MLK Memorial Special

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The big Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial dedication is fast coming upon us. NBC, CBS, ABC but not Fox, I am told, are going to cover the historic concert on the Washington DC mall on August 28th.

Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Jennifer Hudson are lined up for the show, with Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw said to be involved. (I’m sure anchors from the other nets will get into the act.) George Lucas and Jamie Foxx are also part of the proceedings. The show begins at 11am and ends around 3pm.

The August 28th concert is the culmination of several days of events in Washington for this important moment. It’s the first time a memorial has been dedicated in Washington to anyone other than a president. Frankly it’s about time.

You can see the schedule at http://washington.org/visiting/experience-dc/mlk-memorial. I’m told another concert, set for Thursday, August 25th, will be just as star studded, with names like Patti Labelle and the Isley Brothers being bandied about.

Organizers are also reaching out to Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Bono and U2, Sam Moore, Gladys Knight, and possibly Tony Bennett, who was close to Dr. King. No word yet on whether Oprah Winfrey will get involved. She’s said to be currently cruising the Mediterranean on Barry Diller’s yacht with Diane von Furstenberg, pal Gayle King and Oscar de la Renta.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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