The real monument to MLK's legacy

Thousands gather at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial dedication Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 in a ceremony hosted by the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation in West Potomac Park. (AP Photo/The News Journal, Suchat Pederson)
Suchat Pederson

They will finally make it official today - the ceremony to officially dedicate the memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. will take place on the National Mall in Washington.

"Neither rain nor snow," as they say, can deter the postman on his rounds, but a hurricane did (and rightly so) postpone the dedication of Dr. King's massive statue.

So many of the people who had come to Washington or were on the way to Washington when the hurricane blew through came back this weekend to do the honors.

The complications seemed fitting somehow, and I wonder if Dr. King with his sense of irony might have smiled.

Complications were nothing unusual for him. Everything he did was complicated, and seemed impossible to many BUT him.

The statue itself was and is controversial - some just didn't like it. Some saw one thing in it, others saw entirely different things - just as people sometimes saw only what they wanted to see in Dr. King.

Just getting the Memorial finished and getting the ceremony done was sometimes two steps forward, one step back, as it usually was with Dr. King's work. Some are STILL not happy with the Memorial.

But now it's there for all to see. Massive, imposing, but still only a reminder of the man it honors.

His great work is his real memorial, and will outlast any reminder - perfect or imperfect - that mortal man may undertake.

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