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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Opens

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: The first look at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial triggered tears for many visitors Monday as they struggled to explain what they were feeling. The memorial, on 4 acres overlooking the Tidal Basin, will be dedicated Sunday August 28th. King is depicted as emerging from a "Stone of Hope," the enormity of his legacy as a civil rights leader captured in a 30-foot-tall colossus. It was opened to the public for the first time Monday — a $120 million creation that has been at least 15 years in the making. Excerpts from King's speeches are inscribed on the walls on either side of the statue. Monday's debut kicks off a week of black-tie, white-tie and informal events all geared toward raising money for and drawing attention to the memorial and Sunday's dedication. During that event, President Obama will bury a time capsule that will include a donation from him, from the memorial foundation and from the King family, said Harry Johnson, CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation. The dedication will take place on the anniversary of the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963, during which King delivered his seminal "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial, not far from the memorial site. Master sculptor Lei Yixin of China, who created the memorial has said, "Martin Luther King is not only a hero of Americans, he also is a hero of the world, and he pursued the universal dream of the people of the world."
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