Photos: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: Master Sculptor Lei Yixin (C), Harry Johnson (R), president and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, and Yixin's translator (L) stand at the base of the 30-feet-tall sculpture at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial the morning it was opened to the public for the first time on the National Mall August 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. Lei Yixin and his team assembled and carved 159 granite blocks to creat the memorial's "Mountain of Despair" and "Stone of Hope," which features the American civil rights pioneer gazing into the horizon. The memorial will be dedicated on August 28, the 48th anniversary of King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: At 30-feet-tall, the sculpture at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is opened to the public for the first time on the National Mall August 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. Fifteen years after Congress authorized the memorial, the statue of the American civil rights pioneer will be dedicated on August 28, the 48th anniversary of King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Thousands Attend March On Washington For Jobs And Justice
Thousands Attend March On Washington For Jobs And Justice
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 15: A man photographs himself while he visits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial after a rally on the National Mall October 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. Activists gathered for the annual rally to celebrate the American Civil Rights Movement and rally for equal employment. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: At 30-feet-tall, the sculpture at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is opened to the public for the first time on the National Mall August 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. Fifteen years after Congress authorized the memorial, the statue of the American civil rights pioneer will be dedicated on August 28, the 48th anniversary of King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Amir Khan Visits Historic Washington Landmarks
Amir Khan Visits Historic Washington Landmarks
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05: Unified Light-Welterweight Champion of the World Amir Khan stands for a photo in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on December 5, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication Held On National Mall
Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication Held On National Mall
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 16: People sing Life Every Voice And Sing during a dedication ceremony at the Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall October 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama, entertainers, civil rights leaders and others attend the ceremony to formally dedicate the memorial to the civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King who was assassinated in 1968. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: At 30-feet-tall, the sculpture at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is opened to the public for the first time on the National Mall August 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. Fifteen years after Congress authorized the memorial, the statue of the American civil rights pioneer will be dedicated on August 28, the 48th anniversary of King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: Journalists tour the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial three hours before the general public was given access to the newest memorial on the National Mall August 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. Fifteen years after Congress authorized the memorial, the 30-foot-tall statue of the American civil rights pioneer will be dedicated on August 28, the 48th anniversary of King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
BAM 25th Annual Brooklyn Tribute To Martin Luther King Jr.
BAM 25th Annual Brooklyn Tribute To Martin Luther King Jr.
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: The Rev Timothy Wright Memorial Choir performs during the 25th annual Brooklyn tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on January 17, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: Journalists tour the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial three hours before the general public was given access to the newest memorial on the National Mall August 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. Fifteen years after Congress authorized the memorial, the 30-foot-tall statue of the American civil rights pioneer will be dedicated on August 28, the 48th anniversary of King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
Media Preview Held For The Martin Luther King National Memorial
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: The new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial stands before the general public was given access to the newest memorial on the National Mall August 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. Fifteen years after Congress authorized the memorial, the 30-foot-tall statue of the American civil rights pioneer will be dedicated on August 28, the 48th anniversary of King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The "Stone of Hope" sculpture of Martin Luther King by Chinese artist Lei Yixin  (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
The "Stone of Hope" sculpture of Martin
The "Stone of Hope" sculpture of Martin Luther King by Chinese artist Lei Yixin (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
The "Stone of Hope" sculpture of Martin Luther King by Chinese artist Lei Yixin (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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