Obama presents Martin Luther King memorabilia to Rajghat

Rajnish Kumar, Secretary of Rajghat Samadhi Committee, with part of a stone used to build the memorial of U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King

November 08, 2010 03:57 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 05:33 am IST - New Delhi

U.S. President Barack Obama presented to Rajnish Kumar, Secretary of Rajghat Samadhi Committee, part of a stone used to build the memorial of U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King during his visit to Rajghat. Photo: PTI

U.S. President Barack Obama presented to Rajnish Kumar, Secretary of Rajghat Samadhi Committee, part of a stone used to build the memorial of U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King during his visit to Rajghat. Photo: PTI

It was a rare gift from U.S. President Barack Obama to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi - a stone used to build a memorial of civil rights icon Martin Luther King who was inspired by the Father of the Nation.

Mr. Obama handed over the memorabilia to Rajnish Kumar, Secretary of Rajghat Samadhi Committee, when he along with First Lady Michelle visited Gandhi’s memorial on the banks of the Yamuna today.

The U.S. first couple bowed their heads, stood in silence for a minute, placed a wreath and showered flower petals. .

“Simple and very beautiful,” Mr. Obama, who always acknowledged the Mahatma’s influence on him, said as Ms. Michelle nodded, “very beautiful.”

“We will always remember the great soul who changed the world with his message of peace, tolerance & love. More than 60 years of his passing, his light continues to inspire the world,” Mr. Obama wrote in the visitor’s book.

The visiting dignitaries took off their shoes before entering the memorial. They were received by Mr. Kumar, who presented them a ‘charkha’, a Gandhi bust and a scroll which describes seven sins.

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