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Obama officially opens MLK statue

President Barack Obama unveiled a statue to honour freedom fighter Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

A STATUE honouring civil rights fighter, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, was finally unveiled by the US President Barack Obama in Washington yesterday (Oct 16).

In the ceremony, which was due to take place in August but postponed due to hurricane Irene, the US President said that Dr. King was among the great founders of the nation.

"On this day, in which we celebrate a man and a movement that did so much for this country, let us draw strength from those earlier struggles," he told the thousands present at the unveiling.

"When met with hardship, when confronting disappointment, Dr. King refused to accept what he called the 'is-ness' of today. He kept pushing for the 'ought-ness' of tomorrow.

"In this place, he will stand for all time, among monuments to those who fathered this nation and those who defended it," he added.

HONOUR: A statue honouring civil rights fighter was unveiled in Washington

The 9m (30 ft) granite statue is situated between the memorials for Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln and where he delivered his famous I have a dream speech in 1963.

King was assassinated in 1968 during a visit to Memphis, Tennessee, aged 39.

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