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Aug. 28, 1963

It was almost 48 years ago that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his seminal “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963. Now, the man most closely linked with the civil rights movement has his own memorial on the National Mall. Standing about 30-feet tall, the granite sculpture dominates the location. Quotes from Dr. King's sermons and speeches are inscribed on the smooth surfaces of the inscription wall. The memorial has cost $120 million to build and will be a lasting testament to how far America and Blacks have come in the civil rights struggle and the journey ahead.

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