The Associated Press reports that leaders who worked alongside slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will come together this weekend to dedicate the monument built in his honor.
ATLANTA — Five years ago, as they helped break ground on what would become the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington on a cold November day, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young and the Rev. Jesse Jackson suddenly broke down in tears.
With Lewis leaning on his shovel, and Jackson and Young leaning on each other, they wept for how far they had come and for what they had lost.
They mused together over their last staff meeting before they went to Memphis in April 1968 — a journey that would end in King’s assassination. The memory dredged up feelings no one else could fully share.
"We just looked at each other," Jackson said. "It was a different moment for us."
While the dedication ceremony this weekend will be a pivotal moment for the entire nation, it shall indeed be a "different moment" for these leaders.
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