King Center shares in dedication of MLK, Jr. Memorial

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People gathered at the King Center to watch a live broadcast of the MLK, Jr. Memorial Dedication in D.C.

ATLANTA -- About 200 people stopped by the King Center on Sunday to watch a live broadcast of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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They gathered near the tombs of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King, where organizers set up a giant television screen.

"I like to express appreciation for the work Dr. Martin Luther King did," said Pastor Vernon Mathis of The Atlanta Christian Church.

Mathis brought about 40 members of his congregation. They had plans to go to the ceremony in August but could not reschedule when it was delayed.

"I'm a little disappointed," said church member Wanda Weaver. "But by being here at the King Center, it brings great encouragement."

The message from the nation's capitol came across loud and clear in this special place, considered the center of the Civil Rights movement.

"It's important for all of us to remember not to judge each other by our skin colors but by our character," said Zaire Elliott, 9, who came with his mother, aunt and cousins. 

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