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By Laura Lefavor, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
When it comes to spring color, Washington knows how to put on a show. The National Cherry Blossom Festival blossoms each year to commemorate the gift of some 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo to the nation's capital in 1912. While the festival had modest beginnings, the event has since evolved into a springtime celebration that attracts millions of visitors from around the world. "It's truly amazing how a gift from over 100 years ago has now reached so many people," says Diana Mayhew, the festival's president.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | December 5, 2000
WASHINGTON - As a bright sun sparkled on the blue Tidal Basin water in Washington yesterday, a circle of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s fraternity brothers crossed hands and sang as the final act in dedicating land for a memorial to the civil rights leader, the first on the National Mall to honor a black person. Directly across the water stands the Jefferson Memorial, and in the distance the Lincoln Memorial could be glimpsed - which was not an accident, said Adrian L. Wallace, president of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity based in Baltimore and the foundation raising private money for the planned King memorial.
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By JOE BURRIS and JOE BURRIS,SUN REPORTER | March 28, 2006
It's the knowing smile before a lover's embrace. It's the musicians' warm-up notes before an orchestra's performance. This time of year, on the streets of Bethesda's Kenwood neighborhood, most of the pink buds on the cherry trees are still closed. Tree branches from both sides of the streets arch so far, they meet in the middle, but there's no burst of color, no fragrance. Yet. But some people can't wait. Anticipating that the blossoms will be in full bloom by this weekend, they've come out days in advance, beating the throng of cars and the crowds on foot that will soon descend on this ever-less-secret alternative to the more famous cherry trees on Washington's Tidal Basin.
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By SARAH YURGEALITIS and SARAH YURGEALITIS,SUN REPORTER | March 25, 2006
Call it the gesture of friendship that keeps on blooming. It was 94 years ago this spring that the city of Tokyo gave the citizens of Washington the gift of 3,000 cherry trees to be planted along the Tidal Basin. Several years later, a festival was started to commemorate the event. This year's Cherry Blossom Festival begins today and goes through April 9. "It's one of the most exciting spring events in Washington, D.C., and there's truly something for everyone. We work on it all year, and it offers much cultural entertainment," says Diana Mercer, executive director of the festival.
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By Cox News Service | October 11, 1994
Half a century after Congress began discussing the idea, construction on a memorial to former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt began last week in the nation's capital.Conceived in 1946, the year after Roosevelt died, the FDR Memorial is scheduled to open in 1996. It will be beside the Tidal Basin and near the Jefferson Memorial. The new memorial will also be only a short walk from the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.Designed by San Francisco architect Lawrence Halperin, the memorial will feature four outdoor galleries representing FDR's four terms in office and marking the momentous events of his time in office: the Great Depression, the New Deal and World War II.The $52 million memorial's natural landscaping will include paths, waterfalls, sculpture and quotations carved into granite walls.
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April 12, 2009
Where:: The Lincoln Memorial, Washington When:: 3 p.m. Sunday What:: In 1939, opera singer Marian Anderson was set to perform at Constitution Hall but was turned away when organizers realized she was black. Instead, the Easter concert was held at the Lincoln Memorial. Sunday's event features mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in a performance paying tribute to the 70th anniversary of Anderson's concert. Graves will be joined by a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock. A naturalization ceremony will precede the concert, with a keynote address from former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 8, 2003
WASHINGTON - Oscar winner Halle Berry walks into a flashy restaurant with two friends. The well-dressed group is directed to the dingy rear of the eatery. The camera pans past Berry to a sign that reads "colored section." The scene is just one from a parade of thought-provoking ads unveiled yesterday that will hit television, radio, newspapers and the Internet this week. They promote a memorial to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. planned in Washington. The public service announcements are designed to drum up financial and emotional support for the sculpture and exhibit by picturing the world as it might be without King's dream of equality.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff | November 21, 1990
Renovations for a pair of Morgan State University dormitories were given the go-ahead today with approval by the state Board of Public Works to spend $500,000 for architectural and design services.The board action in Annapolis is the latest in a series of construction and renovation efforts under way by the Schaefer administration in response to charges made earlier this year by Morgan students that the university's physical needs have been overlooked by the state.Renovations to Harper and Tubman houses, two dorms built in 1952 and 1940 respectively, are scheduled to be completed by the fall of 1992, said Earl Seboda, secretary of the Department of General Services.
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By Sloane Brown | January 21, 2001
For the 26th year, supporters and members of the Kappa Phi Lambda chapter Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity gathered for a breakfast honoring the life of fraternity brother the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More than 1,000 people gathered in the Martin's West ballroom to honor the late civil rights leader at the annual breakfast -- this year themed "Making the Dream a Reality." One of the morning's big topics of conversation was the planned King memorial in the D.C. Tidal Basin, the site of which was dedicated Dec. 4. The morning's guests included: Richard Shepherd, event chair; Clarence Hall, Frederick Moss and Edward D. Young, event committee members; Dennis G. Kemp, Kappa Phi Lambda president; Wayne E. Rock, James B. Smith, Willie A. Eggleston Jr. and Gerald L. James, chapter officers; Vincent Harris, MLK Memorial Project chapter contact; Adrian Harpool, 21st Century Group president; Tom Maze, Polaris consultant; Ken Jennings, vice president of the African American Coalition for Howard County; Natalie Woodson, NAACP Howard County branch education chair; Denise Harris, Bank of America assistant vice president; Dr. Marshall Shepherd, NASA research meteorologist; Ramona Carroll, Latham & Watkins attorney; Calvin Zellars, Radio One senior corporate accountant; Harry Evans III, "That Show With Those Black Guys" executive producer-host; Dr. Jean C. Hundley, Baltimore obstetrician-gynecologist; Angela La Croix Brade, National Association of Securities Dealers program manager;...
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By Graphic and Story By Denise Murray and Graphic and Story By Denise Murray,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2002
Although it has long been one of the premiere spring events in the nation's capital, the National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off its two-week run this weekend with added meaning. Not only does the celebration mark the 90th anniversary of Japan's gift of 3,020 cherry trees to the people of the United States, but its arrival couldn't be better timed: A city whose collective psyche - and tourism industry - were wounded by the Sept. 11 attacks and last fall's anthrax scare could use a little natural splendor right about now. "People are looking forward to celebrating this year," says Diana Mayhew, executive director of the nonprofit organization that runs the event.
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