The statue of Martin Luther King Jnr in Washington has been getting a lot of visitors of late, as Americans celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his iconic speech at the National Mall. The monument bears some of its words ‘out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope’ words which continue to resonate for some visitors.
“I was walking down and reading through the quotes and when you place those quotes in context and the time they were written – to see that they’re still relevant today – it just adds all that more, to pull on your heartstrings, especially when you think that they’re in the context of a sitting first black president,” said Barry Ray from Raleigh, North Carolina.
Barack Obama was only two years old when King made his speech. He admitted that his speech on Wednesday won’t hold a candle to King’s, but continued that it is in his day-to-day work that he can make a more just and equal society, adding that King would have approved of his healthcare bill.