CAPTION: President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden welcome singer Stevie Wonder to the stage (AP/UK Mail)

From the UK Daily Mail‘s article, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and a crowd of 50,000 join Obama to open new 30ft Martin Luther King statue:

Thousands of people gathered yesterday to commemorate the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at the National Mall in Washington DC.

Aretha Franklin, poet Nikki Giovanni and President Barack Obama were among those honouring the legacy of the nation’s foremost civil rights leader during the ceremony.

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The 30-ft-tall stone statue features King among granite walls where 14 of his quotations are carved in stone.

Early in the ceremony, during a rendition of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ the crowd cheered when images on screen showed Obama on the night he won the 2008 presidential election.

Organisers announced a concert will follow the dedication, featuring Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow and others.

The memorial puts Dr King shoulder to shoulder with legendary former leaders Jefferson and Lincoln and is close to where King delivered his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in 1963. (UK Daily Mail)

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