A new memorial in the US capital, dedicated to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, honours his contributions to the country's civil-rights movement.

Until the 1960s, black and white Americans were kept separate in public places - including schools and hotels.

But now, people of all races and religions will be able celebrate Dr King's legacy at the National Mall - the preserve of memorials to former presidents and war heroes - which will welcome a towering man of peace.

Al Jazeera's John Terret reports from Washington DC.

Source: Al Jazeera