[photogallerylink id=46725 align=right] Aretha Franklin will perform at the statue dedication of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 2011 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C..
Franklin will sing “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.” Pollstar reports Franklin explained her song choice in a phone interview saying “It means as well, after so many years of traveling with him in the early ’60s at the advent of the civil rights movement, that again, many years later, I would perform in his honor and in tribute to him, and I’m really looking forward to that moment and singing one of his favorite songs, his most requested song by me” and adding “I’m really looking forward to this moment. It’s going to be another great, great moment in American history, and in African-American history.”
The MLK statute will be placed between the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial on the National Mall. President Barack Obama, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm], Maya Angelou are also expected to participate in the ceremony.