A stone sculpture honoring the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was unveiled on the National Mall in Washington D.C. today.

The gigantic 'Stone of Hope' sculpture of King was created by Chinese artist Lei Yixin. The statue was erected near the George Washington Monument at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The memorial is the first on the National Mall to honor an African-American man and the first to honor a person who did not serve as president.

Engraved on one side of the statue are the words "OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN OF DESPAIR: A STONE OF HOPE."

The monument will officially be dedicated on August 28, the 48th anniversary of King's historic "I have a dream" speech.

When it comes time for President Barack Obama to have a statue erected in his honor he can only hope that his statue will be as impressive as this one!

Photos by AP, Getty Images, REUTERS

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    Beautiful

  • Anna

    Deciding if I want to go to that, or The Time Concert.

  • CFREE

    :claps: luvs it!

  • http://www.ashland86.com TheRealAshland

    I share a birthday with MLK... but um that is massive I want to see it up close wow!

  • CFREE

    This is really incredible, WOW!! :)

  • Yall still crazy

    :applause:

    Let's see if FOX news reports on this.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0 SnootyPooty

    I absolutely love this. He is deserving of so much more. Better late than never

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9d9FA3fCf4 FeFe

    Very beautiful...awesome indeed...

  • Yall still crazy

    Cfree :bandan:

  • Yall still crazy

    :hug: Fi Fy Fo Fum :2dance:

    Oops C, :danban1:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9d9FA3fCf4 FeFe

    @yall

    :2dance:

    Have a good evening chica!!

  • Yall still crazy

    You too :thumbsup:

    :wail: I can't get on here till this late this week. Hmmmp....

  • Cinderella

    A beautiful statute for a worthy man. I have to see this in person.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    I'm taking my mom to see this. She loves her some Martin Luther The King :D

  • Yall still crazy

    Sandra, did you learn about MLK growing up in England?

    #realquestion

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    @ Yall still crazy:

    Nope. I arrived in America the same year he was assassinated. I didn't hear about his magnificent achievements and how he gave his life for us until I came to America. Edit to add that I was a little kid in 1968. So I don't remember him being shot or any rioting or any of that.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka JuicyFruit

    :applause: this is RLY wassup! i hope his family is honored. as an AA woman i know i am :bow:

  • KrayZKat

    If only I could see this! I'm so proud :yes:

  • HoneyInCharge

    Wow...truly amazing. I was actually brought to tears when I saw these pictures, thinking of all the struggles our parents and their parents went through...for us to end up here. Not to say there aren't some things to be proud of but I know some of them must be turning in their graves over the stupidity we put up with and put out there ourselves.

  • Yall still crazy

    Sandra, that's really cool. #realtalk
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    :waves: Hey Fay

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    I get chills when I see the commercial using his speech and showing the old folks and young folks sitting down at the dinner table.

    :mad: racism still exists....

  • mochacashmere

    They are opening the statue up to DMV residents tomorrow. I'm hoping I can sneak away from work long enough to go see it. This is historic!

  • http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/8/mayor-talks-tough-to-black-teens-after-flash-mobs/ LaTechGrad02

    Inspiring..... I definitely want to go to this

  • Daisy

    Can we get one of Malcolm X....oh my bad I digress congrats to the King fam :clap:

    DC is gonna be jumping this weekend

  • http://chachafiles.blogspot.com/ CHA CHA aka Cali Sunkissed

    I :heart: it

  • http://twitter.com/k_cicero Kezi

    Can we get one of Malcolm X….oh my bad I digress congrats to the King fam
    DC is gonna be jumping this weekend :clap:

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    I'd love to see that as well but it will never happen. Without Malcolm there is no Martin and without Martin there is no Malcolm. Malcolm scarred the devil out of them and Martin offered a more pc alternative.

    Back on topic, this is absolutely beautiful! I want to see this and take my children too. Oh how I wish they both were still living. Maybe we'd been in a different space today.

  • http://twitter.com/jaysreallife Jay Bee

    Great Martin my man.. and i might add We are BLACK Americans.. not AFRICAN Americans... please understand.. They are honoring a BLACK American Man.. African Americans are Africans that comes to USA and ascertain citizenship... Black Americans are We who were born in America and are BLACK/Colored..
    This term African American came about, during the census i forget what year, when your government decided it was toooo many colored folk to classify, so they decided to label us all AFRICAN Americans.. so the next time you fill out an application or survey etc.. if BLACK is not an option ...check other and write in BLACK.. This was a public service announcement thank you!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsV10dbUAys:// ELove

    WOW... That is Pretty Impressive !!! And the Fact it was created by a Chinese Artist is ALL KINDS of Interesting (To Me Too) :coffee:

  • H-Townmama

    You are so silly E-Love :lol:

  • AirForceGirl

    This just brought tears to my eyes...Finally something positive to wake up to! Thanks Sandra!!!

  • chocalatecity29

    Beautiful Sculpture!

  • Mamacita

    :thumbsup: Now that's what I call leaving your mark on the world. A great statue to honor what a great man he was!

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    Loves it!! :claps:

    :thinking: *thinking it's time for me to make a visit back to Memphis so I can once again visit the Civil Rights Museum* I :heart: that place!

  • witeboi52

    it is about time... :applause:

    Great Man who is definately deserving of this great honor

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    The beauty of living in the DC area is that I'm so close to so many historical monuments and events. I wish I could leave work and witness this in person.

    I will see it during my run on the National Mall to Lincoln Memorial. Pictures coming soon....

  • jazzyiest

    When it comes time for President Barack Obama to have a statue erected in his honor he can only hope that his statue will be as impressive as this one!

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    Awwwwwhhhhhh Sandra! You said something decent about 'ole Barack. Secretly, you really do like him huh? :lol:

  • GAGIRL87

    I love the detailing on the statue, very life like and they didn't try to be funny by overdueing his features. Some white people think when drawing or creating art for black people. They have to make our nose, lips, and ears way to big. Bishes be tryna be funny :mad:

  • Lady_L

    Yall still crazy says:

    Let’s see if FOX news reports on this.

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    this is beautiful!

  • jealousCNenvy

    THIS IS AWESOME, ITS ABOUT TIME!!

  • MzDetermined

    I Love It!!!