“Just to see a statue, and it overlooking his birth home, his church, his street, you know,” she said. “And then to be recognized by a capitol, especially with what we’re going through now in our country, it just means a lot.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the 8-foot-tall sculpture is visible from at least two blocks away, along the boulevard named for the civil rights icon.
“He’s gazing slightly toward MLK Boulevard,” sculptor Martin Dawe told the AJC. “You make people smile not by the mouth but by the eyes, so I have a slight glimmer that I hope comes through.”
Reed promised a $40 million investment in the MLK corridor and more dialogue about the Confederate monuments.
“We were savoring today and enjoying the moment but, as I’ve said, we’re going to set up a commission and over the next 60 days we’re going to have a conversation about Confederate monuments in our own city,” Reed said.
More than 1,000 people attended the unveiling. Bernice King said this day was a long time coming and that on this 54th anniversary of her father delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech that her father remains a light to a peaceful path forward.