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Obama dedicates King memorial in Washington


08:14, October 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday dedicated the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C., reminding supporters that "our work is not done" and "change can come if you don't give up."

The president made the remarks at the memorial featuring an imposing 30-foot-tall statue of the deceased U.S. civil rights leader, whose iconic "I have a dream" speech inspired millions around the world.

"Without that shining moment, without Dr. King's glorious words, we might not have had the courage to come as far as we have," said Obama, referring to the August 1963 speech. "Laws changed, but hearts and minds changed, as well."

Obama went on to emphasize that "our work, Dr. King's work, is not yet complete." He said the country is facing "a moment of great challenge and great change," adding that change has never been quick or without controversy.

"Change depends on persistence. Change requires determination," he stressed.

Obama is facing tough battles in Washington to advance his jobs agenda, with measures opposed by Republicans such as massive investment and taxing the rich. He is to embark on a three-day bus trip on Monday to garner public support for the measures.

"Change can come if you don't give up," said Obama.

As the "Occupy Wall Street" movement is spreading all over the country and even across the world, Obama also addressed the people 's anger toward corporate greed in his speech, saying if King were alive today, he would "remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there."

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