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MLK memorial dedicated

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- President Obama said Sunday Americans should "draw strength" from the struggles of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr..

At the dedication of the 30-foot statue in honor of King at the National Mall in Washington, Obama spoke about the current struggles with jobs and the economy.

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"I know we will overcome," Obama said. "I know this because of the man towering over us."

The three-hour ceremony included presentations by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Aretha Franklin, The New York Times reported. The statue, created by Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin, is the first structure memorializing an African American at the National Mall.

"I drive past the mall every day, and to see that Martin Luther King is now there with Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson and Roosevelt — that is powerful," said Lonnie Bunch, a founding director of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

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