Thousands of people, including dignitaries and civil rights leaders, gathered Monday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to mark the groundbreaking of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial.
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Finally tonight, creating a new memorial for the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Thousands of people joined dignitaries and civil rights leaders at the National Mall for the groundbreaking this morning.
It's the first memorial on the Mall to honor an individual African-American. It's located between the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King gave his famous speech, "I Have a Dream," in 1963. The site will include a sculpture of King, waterfalls, walls engraved with his words, and themes of justice, democracy and hope.
Here are some excerpts of today's ceremony, beginning with remarks by one of Dr. King's daughters, Yolanda Denise King.
YOLANDA DENISE KING, Daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Our father was a King, not the kind who wore a velvet robe, but one who was robed with a velvet voice, a voice of clarity, conviction and compassion, a voice that even a cowardly bullet could not steal, for his voice lives on in the hearts of all of us who believe in freedom and justice for all.
Our father was a King, not the kind who made me a princess, but one who made me a peacemaker, for he taught us that love is the ultimate healer. And where love abides, there you will also find peace.
Thank you, God, for our father.