ATLANTA (WAOK)- It has taken 15 years from the day President Clinton signed Congressional legislation proposing the establishment of a Memorial in the District of Columbia to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  to the finish of the project. Now the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  is finally open to the public. The 30 foot tall sculpture opened to the public this week. The official dedication was scheduled for Sunday, August 28, the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream Speech” however, the ceremony was postponed late Thursday evening over concerns about the direction of Hurricane Irene. It is the first memorial established on the National Mall to honor a black person and the first memorial erected for someone who was never President of the United States.

Many who have already seen the memorial up close have been moved to tears.  Georgia Congressman John Lewis shared his feelings when he first saw the massive granite statue.

Plans for a group of 60 middle and high school students from Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy campus to represent Atlanta Public Schools at the formal dedication of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday were also cancelled.

Take a virtual tour of the King memorial site here

Share with us your memories of Dr. King and tell us what this memorial means to you.

Comments (5)
  1. sircharles19 says:

    Thousands of people and businesses came together to make way for this moving occasions. Many who have seen it are O.K. with it while some are not and say it should have been done by an Africian American. Original I am sure that there were some debating and contracting went out long before the actual person got the contract. I assume that there was some compromises and discipline before everything was set in motion. Surmised that it has been done and it is now waiting to be dedicated this Sunday. We need not continue to seperate ourselves from doing the right things toward mankind no matter what race he/she is. That is why we are having and seeing a lot of difficulties in our society to date.

  2. t paine says:

    dedicated to a strong man…

    From a small spark, kindled in America, a flame has arisen not to be extinguished. Without consuming, like the Ultima Ratio Regum, it winds its progress from nation to nation, and conquers by a silent operation. Man finds himself changed, he scarcely perceives how. He acquires a knowledge of his rights by attending justly to his interest, and discovers in the event that the strength and powers of despotism consist wholly in the fear of resisting it, and that, in order “to be free, it is sufficient that he wills it.” Words from the man who first said the words “United States of America”

  3. Ken says:

    This looks great!!!! I love it and can’t wait to see it with my family soon.

  4. Sarah says:

    Another “made in China” product brought to you by the friendly Chinese grocery store around the corner..A black man in white Chinese granite, and we have all this black granite in Georgia…I’m shaking my head at this foolishness…

  5. Bob in Florida says:

    I lost all respect for this memorial when I heard the government had to pay the King family for rights to use his quotes.

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