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PHOTOS: MLK Memorial

A crowd poured into the MLK Memorial to watch the dedication that had been originally scheduled for an August date. President Obama spoke, Aretha Franklin sang, and all showed their love for Dr. King.

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On Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, President Barack Obama and thousands of others celebrated the unveiling of the memorial to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. at the National Mall in Washington. Click through the photos to see more of the historic event.
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“I know there are better days ahead,” President Obama said during his speech. “I know this because of the man towering above me.”
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The event drew many civil rights leaders like Reverend Jesse Jackson Jr. who spoke to reporters before the dedication ceremony
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A crowd of over 10,000 poured into the newly built MLK Memorial to watch the dedication, originally scheduled for August and moved due to Hurricane Irene.
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Grammy nominated recording artist Ledisi kisses Stevie Wonder after singing a duet during the dedication ceremony.
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James Taylor was one of the different musicians who performed onstage during the ceremony for the civil rights leader.
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American musician, singer, and songwriter Sheryl Crow was another entertainer who performed at the dedication.
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Dr. Christine King Farris, sister of Martin Luther King Jr., waves to the crowd after delivering a speech to the crowd.
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Rev. Cal H. P. Merrell, of Atlanta, Georgia, holds a photo of Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr.
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The Obama daughters applaud during their father's speech at the event.
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The First Family examines a time capsule. A copy of President Obama's 2009 inaugural address was among the items placed inside.
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Aretha Franklin accepts applause after her performance at the King Memorial. Her rendition of "Precious Lord" moved many to tears, including First Lady Michelle Obama.
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