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Published October 16, 2011, 10:14 PM

A memorial is opened for Martin Luther King Jr.

Washington D.C. (WDAY TV) -- A special dedication. The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior took his place among our countries greatest presidents. The moving memorial officially opened on the National Mall.

Washington D.C. (WDAY TV) -- A special dedication. The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior took his place among our countries greatest presidents. The moving memorial officially opened on the National Mall.

A large crowd helped dedicate a national memorial in Washington like no other. It's the first to honor a man of justice, peace and color.

Obama-"I know we will overcome. I know there are better days ahead. I know this because of the man towering over us."

President Obama, the nation's first black president, connected his own legacy to that of Dr. King by placing signed copies of his speeches into a time capsule at the memorial. A civil rights icon who marched with Dr. King, noted how his friend changed the world.

Rep John Lewis- "forty-eight years ago, we had signs that said "white men", "colored men", "white women", "colored women", "white lady", "colored lady", those signs are gone and they will not return."

Dr. King's towering 30-foot statue and the walls of quotes that surround it was serenaded with speeches.

Rev. Bernice King- “it is a great time of celebration, the entire King family is proud to witness this day."

At last, this American icon, who was not a president, now sits with the great landmarks in the nation's capitol

King was assassinated in 1968.

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