King Memorial

Fifteen years after Congress authorized a memorial, the 30-foot-tall statue of Martin Luther King Jr. opened this month, 48 years after his historic ?I Have A Dream? speech. One of the most prestigious sites remaining on the National Mall was selected for the memorial, adjacent to the FDR Memorial and between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. It is the first major memorial along the National Mall to be dedicated to an African-Ameri?can, and to a non-president.

It was a strange twist that the dedication of the memorial was postponed by the arrival of Hurricane Irene. And yet it seemed strangely fitting, that the man who stood so strong against waves of white resistance a half-century ago would need to stand firm iconically in the face of nature?s resistance.

The completion of this memorial, and the fact that an African-American president will participate in its dedication, speaks volumes to the progress this country has made in the recognition of racial equality. And yet we know the book isn?t fully written. It?s up to all of us continue that story with each passing day. ?DR

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