Fifteen years after a Congressional Joint Resolution in to establish a memorial in Washington, D. Visitors will walk through two massive white granite halves of the "Mountain of Despair" to reach the "Stone of Hope," from which the sculpture of King emerges. The winning design from an international contest was inspired by the line from King's "I Have a Dream" speech, "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope. The towering statue has drawn critics who object that it was sculpted by Chinese artist Lei Yixin. King would be turning over in his grave if he knew" the sculptor was from a communist country, Denver-based artist Ed Dwight , who was on an early planning team for the memorial, told USA Today. Slideshow: Martin Luther King Jr. King's expression and demeanor has also been debated, with some people arguing that his face looks Asian and that he looks confrontational with his arms folded. Executive architect Ed Jackson showed them Lei's model of the head, as well as three others he had created. They chose the first one. The expression of King's sculpture was created from a collage of images that covered all four walls of Yixin's studio. King's mouth is a grim line, his brow is furrowed and his gaze intense as he looks off into the distance. King's namesake son told the newspaper that he'd seen countless statues of his father and few of them were good reflections. Would King be pleased with US? One visitor to the new memorial said she believes King would be pleased if he could see how far the United States has come since the s. She wore a T-shirt with an eagle and the stripes of the American flag. Behind King's sculpture, on either side of the mountain, is a foot-long wall inscribed with 14 quotations from the famous orator's speeches, sermons, and writings. One of the stone engravings reads: "We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Stone of hope King faces Jefferson wearing clothes that fade into the granite above his feet. His arms are folded, with one hand holding his rolled-up Dream speech, according to Yixin. King's vision is still living, in our minds; we still miss him, we still need him," said Yixin through a translator, calling the sculpture the most important of his life, technically and emotionally. King as ready to step out Yixin and a team carved and assembled the stone and mountain from blocks of Atlantic Green granite and Kenoran Sage granite from North America, as well as granite from Asia. The memorial will be presented to President Barack Obama and dedicated in a celebration on Sunday August 28, marking the anniversary of the Dream speech delivered from the steps of the nearby Lincoln Memorial 48 years ago. King, the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize and the leader of the American Civil Rights movement in the s and 60s, led a peaceful march on Washington in King championed a movement that draws from the deep well of America's potential for opportunity," said Johnson, a lawyer and former president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Kingbelonged to the fraternity. King changed people's minds, and now an African American woman can own a company and be a part of these projects -- I just feel great everyday when I wake up. Show more text. Editor's note: This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing. Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away. Show discussion. Life on NBCNews. Martin Luther King Jr.
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