Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered

President Obama heads ceremony honoring the famous civil rights leader.
2:08 | 10/16/11

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Obama meanwhile spent this Sunday in Washington at a poignant ceremony honoring a man who officially joined the ranks of the American heroes. -- -- -- on the Washington mall the reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Here tonight is ABC's Ron Claiborn. They gathered by the thousands at the monument to the man who dreamed of just this kind of America. Comfortable with -- its diversity in the first place. You'll stand for all time. Among monuments to those who -- this nation. And those who defended it. At -- ceremony today many too young to have lived through that almost of the civil rights movement. This is the way for me able to you experience and then you news about some. -- -- -- expect out of him -- there were also veterans of the movement and king's own children. During his lifetime Martin Luther King was a controversial figure to -- He went from being repressed the most hated man Americans to the most. Love man and revered man in America. The thirty foot tall granite monument is not without controversy itself some say the demeanor is too stern. Others questioned the choice of a Chinese sculptor instead of an African American. And more recently there's been criticism of one of the quotations on the king memorials wall. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- King actually said if you want to say that I was a drum major. If you wanna -- about all of it from me. And I need to put up. They have recommended -- peace. The poet -- Angelou said dropping the key word if makes king seem arrogant. But on this day at least that argument was set aside by those who came to celebrate the man. -- At Martin Luther King's is the only not president's in the pantheon of great memorial on the Washington mall. As President Obama put -- king is there because He saw. What we might become.

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