In this photo taken Aug. 17, 2011, Justin Barker, the student who was beaten by six black schoolmates in Jena, La., in 2006, speaks with The Associated Press at his home in Trout, La. Five years after the events that sparked the biggest civil rights march in recent history, life seems to be back to normal in this little central Louisiana town. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Andrew Young (top right) speaks about the significance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the groundbreaking for the memorial in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13, 2006. Also present are other King lieutenants, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson (top center) and Georgia Rep. John Lewis (leaning on shovel). Lauren Victoria Burke/AP hide caption

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Author Susan Straight and her daughters in Central Park in November 2010. From left to right: Gaila Sims, Delphine Sims, Rosette Sims and Susan Straight. Courtesy Of The Author hide caption

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The statue shows King emerging from a stone extracted from a mountain. Amy Ta/NPR hide caption

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Visitors at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on Tuesday. Amy Ta/NPR hide caption

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