In Washington D.C., thousands of people gathered around a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. to hear a speech by President Barack Obama. But Obama wasn't the only one to speak, MLK's son, Martin Luther King III, spoke of how the country lost its soul by allowing teen bullying and economic problems.
Around 1.5 million people were estimated to have visited the statue. The statue is a 30-foot-tall mountain with MLK coming out of it. The statue is a symbol of a line in MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech: "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope." The statue is in the National Mall, and is the first statue of an Black leader on site. The statue was sculpted by Lei Yixin, a Chinese artist.
Obama, who was just 6 when MLK was assassinated, feels he owes his presidency to MLK. Obama also feels MLK pushed the nation to what it should be and changed people's hearts and minds.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
By Anya J.