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good morning. rising rage. the occupy wall street protests spread worldwide. sparking fires and fueling ugly crashes between riot police and demonstrators in one city. a live report on the violence. newborn death mystery. authorities want to know how a baby died on a carnival cruise ship. investigators have detained a young woman. what happened to the infant? the latest. star-studded celebration. the concert for bill ñiclinton. some of the biggest stars in music turn out to toast the former president. we'll have the highlights from hollywood.
today, sunday, october 16, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm jenna wolfe. can you imagine being in a room with barbra stre rnch ancra xds gaga? what do you talk about. >> this was a concert for bill clinton. the party got going with stars in the seats and on the stage. the south pole mission to save the sickçó scientist. suffered a stroke, waiting for a plane to evacuate her. there are some new developments.
we'll bring them to you in just a moment. a surprise new twist in the case of john wayne gacy, the '70s serial killer who dressed up as a clown. new clues to the notorious crimes that could uncover even more victims. we'll have that story for you. and then the week in buzz. a look at some of the holtest topics and videos that have gone viral. the big new buzz includes mel gibson. haven't heard about him in a while. what is a fellow hollywood superstar saying about the controversial actor? and oh, so much more, coming up. >> it ended up in a man hunt, so it is a good thing. >> i have never heard you say that before. >> never been a moment to say it. let's get started demonstrators in new york. descended on times square in a sign the movement may be growing. we are live with much more. mara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it was like new years's eve in
times square yesterday. thousands gathered from what had been dubbed an occupation party and those crowds surprised even organizers themselves who thought the entire event would be over in an hour. an hour after it started, crowds pouring in, carrying signs, chanting banks got bailed out, we got sold out in a continued protest against banks and big corporations. 92 people were arrested yesterday in new york. some were taken into custody for charging police barriers in times square. two police officers were injured, one with a head injury and one with a foot injury. by and large, the protests that took place were peaceful. they were held as part of a global day of protest and support of the occupy wall street movement. jenna. >> all right. mara, thank you. here is lester. jenna, thanks. from the positive tests to the campaign and beyond. a lot of politics to get to. david gregory is moderator of
"meet the press." good to see up. >> good morning. >> the occupy wall street seems to be embracing one political message, calling for the wealthy to pay for more taxes. should we look for the obama campaign to embrace that message? >> it will dovetail nicely to a big message that president is selling. the wealthy should pay more, and picked up that banner going after wall street and the banks, talking about unfairness of a lot of protesters that are complaining about. unfairness in the economy and the tax code, and the ways of wall street with bank fees. so, yeah, i think the president is in a mode where he would like to get in front parade, harness some energy. >> for republicans who want to unseat him, it's all about money, before it gets down to votes. mitt romney raised 14.2 million from july to september. and spent more than $12 million. facing a tough challenge from the perry campaign, but also h r
herman cain is this a sign romney might be in trouble? >> well, he will have to continue raising a lot of money. that number from rick perry is significant. he may not have steadied himself in the racer fou or found his v. but there are 15 million reasons he is still in the race. and he will need to play defense, and in the republican primary as this thing moves forward. and he would like a quick knockout, to be able to be the last man standing after a big contest. money is key for romney. >> her maine cain, raising 2.$2 million moved to the head of the pack. $1 million in cash on hand. for a guy like this who is at the top of the polls, to capitalize on that, how much money does he has to raise now quickly? >> he has to do a lot better, frankly. this is the can't run, hand them out campaign and stay on top of
the polls. campaign infrastructure you need, get on the air. campaigns take a lot of money. a lot of people don't like that but that's still where we are, herman cain understand that. and he's a businessman who understand if you can't sell the product, you can't ultimately prevail, so he's getting a lot of attention, he's got the popularity at the moment, so where are the donors? large and small? where is the grassroots support from the tea party, when it comes to contributing to his a test of viability as he moves forward. >> a story that crossed the a.p. about the u.s. and iraq. the u.s. thinking about keeping troops past the year-end deadline. now there are signs they will come out. end eight years of involvement in iraq. an historic turning point. what do we know about the reality of this? >> administration is still going to have careful consideration about any sort of residual force. that will be something that's done in negotiation with the
iraqi government. but to have no force there whatsoever, puts us in a -- you know, potentially precarious situation if things turn for the worse there. and it's always been the thought of the administration, that there would be some forces that would stay behind, even past the deadline. so i think this is come go to watch very closely. >> david gregory, thank you very muff. >> thank you. >> richard liu at the news desk with today's st top stories. more on the protests that spread worldwide. we have more from london on that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, richard. organizers here estimate there are 250 protesters still here. i count about 40 at tents here. very few police. there were some altercations with police yesterday. as they got closer to london stock exchange. when police tried to moveñi the protesters on, that was nothing compared to the clashes that took place in rome, italy.
it's estimated hundreds of thousands of protesters, in small groups, started smashing bank windows and police responded with teargas and water canons. i'm afraid there were some serious injuries among the protesters and among the police. having said that, there were protests around the world, and in the main, there were people. now to the fbi, investigating the death of a new board found aboard a carnival cruise ship. jay gray is following that what's the latest on the mystery? >> it is quite a mystery. a lot of questions unanswered in an ongoing investigation this morning. we do know that an fbi evidence response team boarded the carnival cruise ship, "dream," as it returned to port canaveral, florida. a crew member found a dead newborn in one of the cabins of that ship last wednesday. the ship was docked in st.
martin at the time and police were advised of the discovery. a 20-year-old passenger that was on the island was detained and remains in custody this morning. federal agents will not confirm the woman is the baby's mother. all they are saying this morning is that the child's mom is not from florida and has not returned to the u.s. at this point. still a lot of things to go through and a lot of evidence they are trying to maintain, richard. >> a difficult story. jay gray, thank you. now to efforts to evacuate a sick u.s. scientist from antarctica has been delayed by a storm. >> the weather is the biggest obstacle for renee-nicole douceur's way home. the temperature isxd 72 degrees below zero. snow is keeping cargo planes that would carry her out grounded. those planes are six hours away from douceur at the british
base. these are not special rescue planes, but cargo planes due to drop off supplies. now that the weather is warming up in ant aarctica. douceur is very angry that ratheon polar services refused to send a special rescue flight when she suffered the stroke seven weeks ago. in an e-mail last night, her frustration with the weather and her employer is front and center. i know the weather is fickle and harsh, but there are weather window where is it possible to fly in for rescue evacuation, instead of just leaving people at remote locations until regularly scheduled flights start under the pretext that it is not life threatening. these are excuses to cover up the fact that they did not have the will to even make an attempt.
dou doucer says the stroke left her with blurry vision and jumbles words. she by training say nuclear engineer. richard. >> anne thompson. thank you. three women dead and four injured after a personal watercraft collided with a boat in a los angeles reservoir. the women were riding on the personal watercraft. the u.s. mining for gold in japan at the world gymnastics championships. the women have swept the first three gold medals. michaela maroney says it shows they are the best. the quick roundup of stories for this week. the royal visit from queen elizabeth will reignite debate on whether australia will become a republic. apple will celebrate the life of steve jobs on wednesday at his headquarters in cupertino, california. the cofounder died this month at age 56 after a long battle with pang reattic cancer.
and a california preacher is predicting the end of the world, he says it will happen on friday. and the population will hit a record 7 billion by the end of the month. and spain's running of the bulls has strolled into an arizona town. a couple dozen bulls challenged 200 runners to stay in front the quarter mile track. this run uses rodeo animals with dulled horns. a few tripped, but no one seriously hurt. i did the running of the bulls that was definitely the strolling of the bulls. >> wait a minute. you did the run of the bulls? >> i did that. i was younger and crazy. i was in the middle of the pack, didn't get gored. >> you didn't have the dull horns. >> you saw those -- >> they weren't manicured down. >> and running much faster than those. >> let's do a whole segment on this. let >> let's recap richard's news.
the world will end on friday, there are 7 billion people in the world and richard ran with the bulls and lived to tell about it. as we know. janice huff with a big check of the weather. anything big that you've done? >> nothing that exciting in the weather today. a few trouble spots to talk about. showers across the ohio valley. moderate to heavy rain over south florida due to a stationary front. and unsettled weather over the rockies, clouds and showers up over boise and helena. a cold front attached to a low pressure system. south of that, hot. record highs and good sunday morning. i'm news 4 meteorologist chuck bell. it's bright and sunny and crisp and cool outside on your sunday morning. temperatures mostly in the upper 40s to near 50 degrees. 51 in downtown washington.
44 in walldorf and la plata. here's your forecast for today. plenty of sunshine. delightfully mild with temperatures in the low and mid-70s. warming again tomorrow. and now here is jenna. >> all right, janice. thank you. as the economy continues to struggle, more and more banks are stepping up their fees. an extra financial burden that has many seeing red. nbc's johnñi yang reports. >> reporter: as retirees on a pension, jerry and doris watch their pennies, so they were angry when their bank told them about añr new $15 per month maintenance fee. more than the interest they were earning what did they do with the letter? >> that's it. good-bye. >> reporter: account closed. a result of the rising cost of keeping your money at the bank. according to bankrate.com, last year, 65% of noninterest checking accounts were free. now, fewer than half are. over the same period, maintenance fees shot up 85%, to
more than $52 per year. and the minimum balance more than doubled to avoid the fee. >> consumers have had enough. >> we're going to start losing money on checking accounts and we had to raise revenue, and unfortunately, this time on the customer in order to have that product for customers. >> reporter: there are alternatives. analysts say online banks, small regional or community banks and credit unions sometimes offer higher rates on deposits, low every rates on loans and lower or no fees at all. but there can be drawbacks like limited atm networks or fewer or no local branches. and there is the pain of uprooting their fanl life. >> people say leaving a bank is like getting a divorce. so much paperwork and hassle
involved. >> reporter: this couple moved money to a credit union. was it worth the trouble? >> i think so. >> it's the principal of the whole thing. >> reporter: a conclusion more and more people may soon beñi reaching. john yang, nbc news. up next, the all-star concert for bill clinton, right after this. happy birthday to you. happy birthday to you. happy birthday, happy birthday, happy birthday to you. and my wish is for a world with less cancer, and more birthdays. happy birthday.
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star celebrated with rock and roll royalty. stevie wonder, kenny chesney, usher, lady gaga, and edge and bono. all turned out to perform. they were a there to promote and support the clinton foundation which focuses on improving global health, building world economies and promoting environmental qualities. >> in a world where people look for heroes that make a difference, none is bigger than bill clinton. >> reporter: a classic clinton affair, partying and philanthropy combined in a grand event. bill clinton does, indeed, love a party and his relationship withxd hollywood is legendary. even though he's been out of office for over a decade, he's managed to maintain his political star power and stay in the hollywood spotlight. i'm the only person in history
who got to be president and had axd post presidential birthday party attended by both lady gaga and the secretary of state. >> on this evening, he moved seamlessly between the two. and made all the music and fanfare however, the guest of honor made it clear, this was about more than just him. >> nobody climbs any ladder alone. and we are not ever going to build this country by telling people they are on their own. we have got to do america and the world together. >> reporter: and at age 65, bringing artists and celebrities from around the world together for a common cause seems like a good start. and the family was in on the act as well. daughter chelsea, wife hillary, there for the three-hour celebration. lester. >> thank you. we'll take a break and be back with more after these messages.
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beautiful day. good morning. it is 8:26 on this sunday, october 16th, 2001. i'm john schriffen. it's the day hundreds of thousands of people have dreamt about for years. today the new martin luther king jr. memorial will be dedicated. it comes seven weeks after the original dedication was postponed because of hurricane irene. the official dedication will begin at 9:00 along the tidal basin. more than 50,000 people are expected to attend. president obama will deliver the keynote address at 11:00. reverend jesse jackson and members of the king family will also speak. if you plan on attending or even traveling through the season, pack your patience. several roads are already closed for the event. among them, parts of constitution and independence avenues, as well as ohio drive. the roads will remain closed until the u.s. park police deem the area safe enough for cars
chuck, w4r5 what a pwaufl day. >> it will be nice all the way through your sunday and afternoon included. it is on the cool side. most everybody now in the 40s to low 50s. 51 at national airport. 47 degrees in la plata. 55, fredericksburg. 53, martinsburg. plenty of sunshine. nice and mild today. just a few high clouds coming in later on this afternoon to turn
our blue sky just a little bit of a millying white or gray color. tomorrow, increasing clouds. staying mild. a chance of sprinkles way to our north tomorrow. better rain chances return tuesday and wednesday. john? >> thank yo and we're back on this rather cool sunday morning, october 1 6, 2011. schily temperatures can't keep this great crowd away. i'm jenna wolfe alongside lester holt. coming up, new questions about an extreme serial killer in chicago. >> many people remember the name john wayne gacy. when hexd wasn't dressing up as cloud, he was on the hunt for victims. convicted of murdering 33 boys and young men. some of his victims have november been identified. and now investigators are using
dna technology for answers and asking questions based on evidence they found if there could be more victims. on a different note, we'll talk to a remarkable young man in an exclusive interview. his story is really interesting. cary ramey lost his thumb in a car accident a couple of years ago, and doctors actually transplanted his second toe onto his hand. it seems bizarre, but it's givin him a whole new lease on life. we'll see what cary's hand looks like a moment. smile, cary. something new we're kicking off. we're capturing whatx$$p lot of you are talking about. the week in buzz. these are the stories and videos that caught our attention. they include this historical clip of a baby who thinks a magazine is an ipad. >> you know what that is? the baby was only introduced to the ipad all the baby's life. she only knows -- >> you-point a magazine --
>> exactly. she tried to poke at it. >> makes you feel old, doesn't it? >> yepper. anyway, a check of the weather. >> janice huff back us with. >> good morning. before we get a check, my friend andre stopped by. tony nominated actor, directing "ain't misbehaving ". >> your show in new jersey. >> in new jersey. we are having so much fun. i hope everyone comes out to see it. i hope you come out to see it. >> i'm going to try this week. thank you, andre. let's check weather and see what's going on. a nice crowd here in morning. everybody enjoying the weather here in the northeast. but it is going to be hot today across the southwest. some of the 90-degree plus temperatures. near 100 expected in phoenix today. the end of that is coming up pretty soon.
80 in los angeles. temperatures nice in and a very good sunday morning to you. i'm news 4 meteorologist chuck bell. we are off to a bright and sunny start here in washington. temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s. so we're off to a cool start for sure. it's going to be a delightfully mild afternoon. temperatures later on today running up into the low and mid-70s for a time. great weather for the redskins game. great weather for the ravens game. great weather for the dedication. sprinkles and clouds return late tomorrow and into tuesday. now it's time to talk football. that's football night in america right here on nbc. sunday night football, you'll be able to watch it here live. tonight, we've got minnesota in town, visiting the chicago bears at soldier field it will be windy and dry and cool, with temperatures in the 50s. and now here is lester. >> janice, thanks.
john wane gacy was one of the most infamous serial killers in modern times. decades after his reign of terror, authorities are turning up new clues that may lead to more victims. stephanie goss reports. >> reporter: the police arrested john wayne gacy in his chicago home on december 21, 1978. and for months afterward, the bodies kept coming out. >> 30 bodies buried in his crawl space, nobody really believed him. >> reporter: 33 in total. young men between the ages of 14 and 22, lured into his home, sexually assaulted, and murdered. gacy, who sometimes worked as a volunteer clown, was convicted and eventually executed by lethal injection, but a misery remains. eight unidentified victims. now more thanñi 30 years later, with modern technology at his disposal, chicago sheriff tom dart wants to know who they
were. >> now through dna, family who's had no hope of having a match, have the absolute hope, saying this is or is not your loved one. >> reporter: the police dug up the eight sets of remains and sent them to this lab at theñi university of north texas for dna analysis. to find possible matches, police have opened a hotline and are asking families like this for dna samples. 22-year-old edward went missing in 1978. >> it's been 33 long years, not knowing what happened to my brother. i would like to know one way or another. >> reporter: investigators most if not all eight victims will be identified. they uncovered new leads in this dusty chicago evidence room. while looking through boxes, investigators found plane tickets to at least ten different states during the same time he was murdering young men here in chicago. they thought to themselves, if he would murder them here, what are the chances he wasn't committing the same crimes while
he was on the road? at the time, there were no computers or missing people databases. tools investigators have now used to possibly link gacy to 27 unsolved cases around the country. >> we're running out some of these leads right now, and we're just finding some intriguing patterns. >> reporter: technology can now answer decades-old questions about one of the monstrous crimes in u.s. history. and chillingly, it may be raising some new ones. for "today," stephanie gosk, nbc news, chicago. up next, "today" exclusive. the recipient of a very rare transplant, after thwsg messages. when anybody in america calls quicken loans for a free home loan review, we'll offer them a free android smartphone. but how are you gonna get these phones to our clients coast to coast?
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medical transplant. the patient you will meet live in a moment, underwent a rare procedure that is in a word remarkable. >> this is cary ramey. he look like your typical athletic 20-something. >> ever since high school, i played every sport there is to play. after high school, i got into more active sports. mountain biking, rock climbing, things like that. >> reporter: take a closer look and you'll see what sets him apart. >> how are we doing today? >> good. feels good. >> reporter: cary's left thumb is actually his toe. does it weird you out in any way? >> u.s. a little weird, but it doesn't really bother me. i'm cool with it. >> reporter: it was august 2009 when cary was driving too fast and lost control of his car. >> i went over a hill, went air
born, and the car flipped over a couple times. >> reporter: the car ended up upside down,çó crushing his thu and index finger. >> the paramedics got there and jacked it up, and as soon as i pulled my hand out, the first thing i said was, oh, my god, my thumb is gone. >> reporter: but losing part of his hand also meant losing the fully active life-style he once enjoyed. >> imagine, you know, you don't have your thumb. it makes everything a lot harder. >> reporter: so doctors at the university of alabama at birmingham proposed a rare and ground-breaking solution. take the second toe from cary's right foot and turn it into a new thumb. >> we felt that if we were to use his big toe, his large toe, that that would impede his ability to return to the activities that he loves to do. >> reporter: almost two years to the day of the accident, cary
underwent the 12-hour operation. now he's on the long road to recovery. you can feel my land right now? >> yeah. >> reporter: can you feel this? >> no. >> reporter: already, cary's remarkable surgery, and progress since have his physical therapist amazed. how long have you been an occupational therapist? >> 26 years. >> reporter: have you ever seen anything like ithis? >> never. it's amazing for cary, such a life-changing ability. very good. >> reporter: not far from his new thumb, tattoos remind cary of his mantra, seize the day. something he'll soon be able to do with both hands and a firm grip. >> it's amazing.
before there was nothing there. i mean, it was gone. so i'm just -- i'm really amazed at how incredible everything is going right now. it's getting better every day. >> reporter: and cary ramey joins us live. good morning. >> good morning. >> i guess i should start with how you feeling? >> great. really good. >> what's life been like since had you the surgery? you feel like have you your hand back in some regards? >> much, much so. so much better. i'm already doing so many more things i couldn't do before because of this surgery. >> picking things up. >> exactly. >> moving things around. you don't have@2sui full strength yet? >> not yet. >> what are doctors telling you about full recovery? will you have some semblance of full strength in that hand? >> yes. it's still a long road ahead of me. probably going to be -- it could be up to two years before i'm
100% back to normal. but it's going to be a long road, lot of hand therapy, a lot of work. we're getting there. >> you seem to have a really good disposition about it. tell me about that. >> i really do. i guess you can do one of two things, bury your head in the stand and be disappointed about this your whole life, or hold your head up, and just try and keep going, youñi know. >> i guess i would call you a daredevilish extreme athlete. a list of things that you want to do as soon as the doctors give you the okay? >> ride my bike. that's the first thing i want to do. definitely. >> cary, thank you so much. you don't have full sensation yet. but you're getting there. >> very slowly. >> and now you'll type up 18 blackberry e-mails for me. thank you. good luck with the road to recovery. >> okay. thank you. still ahead, buzz worthy.
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to make the world a safer place. that's the value of performance. northrop grumman. this morning, a new way to start your sundays. we're calling it the "week in buzz." a celebrity needs to clean up her act to a baby lost without herridge pad. >> joining to us dish is the senior writer for "entertainment weekly" and editor of "pop goes the week.com. >> doesn't this add more pressure. >> it does. >> brian, let's start with
lindsay lohan, seems to be in the news every other week. reports are that she supposedly got kicked out of the court-mandated program? >> part of the probation, she has to do community service and she's been -- i call it her sense of entitlement tour. she basically doesn't think she's required to actually show up for these things. think about it wasn't showing up for more than an hour, they said thanks, but no thanks. what charity do you know that turns away someone? they need the help. she is that negligent. >> go ahead. >> we do know what she has not been doing with her extra time and that is brushing her teeth. and there have been reports that cohave come out that have showed her teeth, no hygienic if you will. >> four out of five dentists are disgusted and she's a celebrity. >> four out of five dentists are disgusted.
>> she is planning a halloween costume and maybe she's a zombie. >> let's talk about betty white. >> for lifeline.com. >> take a look. we'll talk about it. just like this. >> or we can re-enact it. ♪ ♪ guess what i'm so hot i can do whatever ♪ >> i think it's hilarious. maybe they wanted someone else for this, for this role, but she has no competition. when the casting call is like we need a 90-year-old person to do something, who else are you going to call but betty white. i say good for her. what else is she supposed to do, sit home and watch "millionaire" like every other senior citizen? >> bea arthur is going not something i would have done. but this benefits animals, los angeles zoo. so it's a good cause.
those three people that download it will benefit the los angeles zoo. >> let's move on to mel gibson. not in the news lately. but under a lot of public scrutiny for the big public breakup with his girlfriend. robert downey jr. says let's forgive and forget. is the publicñ;following along with that sentiment as well? >> first of all, i love a bromance among hollywood mugshots. i don't know. i have a hard time with this, believing that people are just going to forgive and forget. hollywood has an easier time forgiving drug addicts, sex tape makers, people who jump up and down on oprah's couch. i don't know about this i don't know if people can overlook this. >> robert downey jr. is the role model for redemption. >> and mel gibson gave robert downey jr. a chance in 1990, and insured him being in his movie "air america." he's returning the favor. many view drug addiction as a
disease. but mel gibson's hateful speech, anti-semitism sometimes, racist remarks and violence against his ex-wife, he's got to, as mel himself, hugging the cactus, where you have to take responsibility. he hasn't done that yet. >> quickly, a baby who is only introduced to the ipad, so when you put a magazine in front of the baby, it thinks it can do the same thing. watch this. >> looking for angry birds. >> i love it. >> wait, you have to turn the pages. >> someone who works in magazines, i saw my career die. >> exactly. it's adorable. but kids now don't know what a rotary phone is will these kids not know -- >> what does that mean? exactly. >> thank you for being with us. >> we'll be back, after these messages. imagine living your life with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine you, with less pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is a non-narcotic treatment that's fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain.
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memorialized, is now bigger than life. >> that's what he was, daddy. >> reporter: but he also learned to share his dad with the world, and now not far from where dr. martin luther king jr. gave one of the most famous speeches of our time. >> i have a dream. >> reporter: the dream of his family and those who carried on the fight, has come true. dr. king, immortalized among this nation's greatest figures. you go around the city, memorials about wars, and presidents, and at the end of the day, he was a private citizen. he was just a guy with a tremendous vision. what does that speak to our country that we can honor him in such a way? >> this is tremendous. i have to look at martin luther king jr. as first dad, but then as this incredible citizen and american patriot, who wanted to create conditions for all of god's children. >> his oldest son, martin luther
king iii was just 10 years old when his father was murdered. what kind of dad was he? ar >> i remember him coming up the stairs, and i remember him being dog tired, but then you see your children and all of this joy comes through. >> reporter: the impressive 30-foot tall statue of dr. king sits along the tidal basin. visitors enter through parted stone, representing the mountain of despair king once spoke of, which gives away to the stone of home. >>ñi i was a drum major for justice. where do those words come from? >> these words are words my father echoed and did a sermon around his own eulogy. he talked about i don't want to be remembered for a nobel prize or an honorary degree.
i tried to be a drum major for justice. >> this is more than a time stamp for a by gone struggle. >> if you remove negro, and you will say that happened yesterday. he a prophetic manner. >> reporter: words from his speeches are carved along a 450-foot wall. we're a nation involved in three wars. we must not wage war, it is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. we must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but on the positive affirmation of peace. this quote means a lot to you. >> it does, because of where we find ourselves now. we talk peace, but we practice war. >> reporter: planners of the memorial hope king's prophetic words will resonate with generations to come, honoring an icon whose legacy they hope
lives on through the national memorial. if we come here, think of martin luther king jr. as leader of the black struggle, have we missed the story? >> most definitely. he really grew to become a human rights leader. his message has really for most of our progressive movements today, the women's movement, gay and lesbian movement, all of these movements and others. if dad was here, he would be challenging our nation to be a better nation. >> coincidentally, the memorial's address is 1964 independence avenue. 1964 was the year the civil rights act was made law. >> there are big shoes to fill. if you're a 10-year-old boy, and your father is martin luther king. >> imagine your pride to see your pop memorialized in washington. big stuff. let's check in with david
grego gregory, see what's coming up on "meet the press." >> meet the candidate series conditions with herman cain. then a debate between former presidential candidate and governor tim pawlenty and governor bobby jindal. and our own sunday breakdown, all coming up this morning on "meet the press." >> we'll see you then. thank you. >> that will do it for us. richard and janice, thank you. next weekend on "today," a 61-year-old college football player. decided he was going back to school to kick. interesting. >> good for him. >> and it's not lester. >> we'll see you then. back here for "nightly news," everybody. so long.
walking in seeing all his quotes, you know, really unbelievable. >> the day has finally arrived. nearly two months after it was supposed to happen, this morning the martin luther king memorial will be dedicated. good morning and welcome to news 4 today. i'm angie goff. >> i'm john schriffen. it is sunday, october 16th. thank you so much for joining us. it is 9:00 in the sayre poepb to dedicate the new martin hrugt luther king jr. memorial is starting