Unveiling the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Photo: Tom LeGro/PBS NewsHour
On Sept. 28, 1996, the House of Representatives passed Joint Resolution 70 authorizing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity to establish a memorial in Washington, D.C., to King. The Senate passed Joint Resolution 426 just days later. On July 16, 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a Joint Congressional Resolution authorizing the building of a memorial.