Thousands of people gathered Sunday to give the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial a proper dedication on the National Mall after its opening in August.

Aretha Franklin, poet Nikki Giovanni and President Barack Obama were among those who honored the legacy of the nation’s foremost civil rights leader during the ceremony, which  people of all ages and races.

“I know we will overcome,” Obama proclaimed, standing before the 30-foot (9-meter) granite monument to King on the National Mall. “I know this,” the president said, “because of the man towering over us.”

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