Julius C. Brown made his way to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial with his wife and 6-year-old grandson Marcel Green to pay respect to a man Brown said paid the ultimate price in a quest to gain equal rights for Black Americans. “King did a lot for us as far as opening up opportunities,” Brown said. “He gave up his life for us to get what we deserved.”

Brown was awed by the memorial, which he said is reflection of the progress Black Americans have made. “As a whole the beauty of it is that it is here in Washington, D.C.,” said Brown, a traffic coordinator from Virginia. “His dream is a reality, he really paved the way,” he said.