Home MLK Jr. Memorial Coverage Originally published August 27, 2011

Student at University of Houston

by Tahirah Hairston

    Tyesha Hill (Courtesy Photo)
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Tyesha Hill, 25, a student at the University of Houston, traveled from Texas to be a part of the historical Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication.

“I’m just happy that they are finally acknowledging Dr. King,” Hill said.

The 25-year-old said her views on the significance of the memorial differ from those of older Blacks, especially those who lived in the 1950s and 1960s when King was a key leader in the modern civil rights movement, who consider the memorial important because it is a tribute to a black man among monuments to white U.S. presidents.

Instead, Hill said, the King Memorial represents an accomplishment for all people.

“Martin Luther King didn’t just want equality for black people,” Hills said, “but for all people of all races and classes.”

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