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Jan 16, 2012 10:08 AM by Paul Kavanaugh

Martin Luther King Day observed by Obamas and others

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and his family will be among those around the country who will honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The Obamas plan to participate Monday in a community service project in Washington to honor King's memory.

Monday also marks the first King holiday where visitors can celebrate King at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which was dedicated last year.

The new memorial, which opened in August, celebrates the ideals King espoused. Quotations from his speeches and writings conjure memories of his message, and a 30-foot-tall sculpture depicts King emerging as a "stone of hope" from a "mountain of despair," a design inspired by a line of his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

 

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