US President Barack Obama has used a dedication ceremony of a new memorial to Martin Luther King in Washington to talk about the modern day fight for social justice.
After viewing the nine-metre high granite sculpture with his family, the president compared the challenges facing the jobless in the current economic crisis with the last century battle for racial equality.
“If he were alive to day I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there. That the businessman can enter tough negotiations with his company’s union without vilifying the right to collectively bargain, “ said President Obama.
Descendents of the civil rights campaigner were among the thousands listening the US’s first African-American president.
Obama acknowledged that without Martin Luther King he and many other celebrated members of America’s Black community would not be where they are today.