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President Obama hails Martin Luther King at memorial ceremony

Global leaders and celebrities pay their respects to the civil rights leader assassinated in 1968

President Obama hails Martin Luther King at memorial ceremony
People listen 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. (Getty Images)
President Obama hails Martin Luther King at memorial ceremony
The first black US President Barack Obama, flanked by daughters Sasha (L) and Malia (R) examines a time capsule along with first lady Michelle Obama (2nd,R) and Michelle's mother Marian Robinson as they arrive for the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial on the National Mall. The ceremony for the slain civil rights leader had been postponed earlier in the summer because of Hurricane Irene. (Getty Images)
President Obama hails Martin Luther King at memorial ceremony
Close friend Andrew Young spoke of King's vision, his stature, his courage and his fight for racial and economic justice. (Getty Images)
President Obama hails Martin Luther King at memorial ceremony
People sing 'We Shall Overcome' during the dedication ceremony. The memorial attracted a crowd of at least 30,000 at sunny West Potomac Park. (Getty Images)
President Obama hails Martin Luther King at memorial ceremony
Obama listens to Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the MLK Jr National Memorial Project Fund, as he tours the grounds with his family. Spectators said it was appropriate that Obama be the one to dedicate King's memorial. (Getty Images)
President Obama hails Martin Luther King at memorial ceremony
Women with matching T-shirts featuring Dr. King listen to US President Barack Obama's address. Obama, whose slogan during his election campaign was "Change we can believe in," relied on the civil rights struggle to remind crowds that change is difficult. (Getty Images)
President Obama hails Martin Luther King at memorial ceremony
Singer Sheryl Crow performs during a dedication ceremony. (Getty Images)
President Obama hails Martin Luther King at memorial ceremony
When Obama finished speaking, Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" speech played on huge video screens, less than half a mile from the Lincoln Memorial where he originally gave it.\n(AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama hails Martin Luther King at memorial ceremony
Singer James Taylor performs in dedication to the great hero. (Getty Images)
President Obama hails Martin Luther King at memorial ceremony
Marian Robinson (R), grandmother to U.S. President Barack Obama's daughters Sasha (2nd,R) and Malia (2nd,L) and White House advisor Valerie Jarrett (L) applaud the conclusion of the dedication ceremony. (Getty Images)