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Martin Luther King Jr statue unveiled

HONOURED: Martin Luther King Jnr

A STATUE of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was unveiled in Washington earlier this week (Aug).

The monument, which is said stand at 30 feet (9m), was erected between the statues of former presidents’ Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson in the US capital.

The monument is said to also feature a 450-foot-long (137m) wall engraved with 14 of the Dr King’s most famous and revered quotations.

“Dr. King’s vision is still living, in our minds; we still miss him, we still need him,” said sculptor Lei Yixin through his son, who acted as his translator.

“His dream is very universal. It’s a dream of equality,” he added.

STATUE: A statue of the black activist is erected in Washington

Dr. King’s daughter Bernice King said the monument, which has been in the making since 1996, showed how far the US had come.

“He was one of the most hated men in America. He was considered an enemy of the government,” she said.

“And here we are 40-something years later, and he’s being honored in this way by our nation. So it certainly speaks to the magnitude of some of the progress that we’ve made in the area of race relations,” she added.

The memorial was scheduled to be presented to President Obama this Sunday (Aug 28) to commemorate the 48th anniversary of Dr King’s famous I have a Dream speech, but was reportedly postponed due to hurricane Irene, which has been swiping through the US east coast.

Dr King was shot dead on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a march of sanitation workers protesting against low wages and poor working conditions

James Earl Ray was convicted of his murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison.

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