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Thousands Gather For MLK Dedication

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Thousands attended the Martin Luther King Jr. dedication ceremony Sunday.

The legacy of Dr. King will now be on display for generations to come when people visit D.C. The President and first family got their second private tour of the grounds before Obama gave a speech where he heralded King's dedication to civil rights. He also highlighted how important a role the District played in helping King bring his message of peace to the nation.

"Nearly half a century has passed since that historic march on Washington," he said. "A day when thousands upon thousands gathered for jobs and for freedom. That is what our school children remember best when they think of Dr. King. His booming voice across this Mall, calling on America to make freedom a reality for all of God's children."

Obama was joined by several civil rights leaders, as well as Rev. Jesse Jackson and members of the King Family. At the dedication, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray urged Congress and the White House to provide full voting rights to District residents.


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