Obama Dedicates National Memorial to Dr. M.L. King, Jr.

President Barack Obama formally dedicating the national memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Standing alongside generations of civil rights leaders and people from around the country, the President formally dedicated the national memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — a 30-foot carved granite image of Dr. King emerging from a mountain, which is situated between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials on the National Mall.
The President stood at the base of the memorial as he addressed thousands in the crowd — folks of all ages and backgrounds — drawing upon Dr. King’s own words to tell how his life and legacy have helped shape this country.
The President said, “And so at this moment, when our politics appear so sharply polarized, and faith in our institutions so greatly diminished, we need more than ever to take heed of Dr. King’s teachings. He calls on us to stand in the other person’s shoes; to see through their eyes; to understand their pain. He tells us that we have a duty to fight against poverty, even if we are well off; to care about the child in the decrepit school even if our own children are doing fine; to show compassion toward the immigrant family, with the knowledge that most of us are only a few generations removed from similar hardships.”