The Martin Luther King Jr. statue is unveiled in front of the State Capitol


On Monday, the 42nd (Joseph E. Brown),  53rd (Joseph G. Brown),  66th(Richard B. Russell), 67th(Eugene Talmadge), 69th (Ellis Arnall), and 76th (Jimmy Carter) governors of Georgia were joined by a minister, Martin Luther King Jr., on the Capitol grounds in Atlanta. All of Georgia’s finest turned out to unveil the newest statue commemorating the contributions of a great Georgian. Amidst the news from Charlottesville and ongoing discussion about the fate of Confederate-related monuments, the unveiling of the statue seemed even more poignant.

A large crowd turned out on what was an unusually windy and cool August morning on the 54th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Senator Johnny Isakson, Representatives Sanford Bishop, David Scott and Karen Handel, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Speaker David Ralston, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Governor Nathan Deal were all on hand, along with a number of other local and state officials. Members of the King family were also in attendance, including daughter Bernice King, who is the Chief Executive Officer of The King Center. 

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