(SGN) — A new statue of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been unveiled today on – the 53rd anniversary of his famous “I have a dream” speech. The statue is placed in Atlanta at the state capitol, opposite statues of two Confederate officials.
The MLK tribute was added along with statues of Brown Gordon, who was a Confederate general and reportedly a leader of the Klu Klux Klan, and former Sen. Richard Russell, who was a strong opponent of civil rights legislation.
Officials say the decision to add the statue was made “well before” the deadly violence at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA.
— Atlanta City Council (@ATLCouncil) August 28, 2017
— O.J. Adeyemi (@ojaysays) August 28, 2017
— City of Atlanta, GA (@Cityofatlanta) August 28, 2017