By BRETT ZONGKER and ERRIN HAINES
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's taken 27 bumpy years to get a memorial built on the National Mall honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

There have been squabbles over everything from the design to the sculptor to the funding of the first memorial on the mall dedicated to a black leader.

The road leading to this dedication in some ways resembles the long struggle over King's legacy. His survivors have guarded his memory closely amid legal fights over the use of his image and words and the struggles of the civil rights organization he founded.

In the end, King's family and friends say they're pleased with the results of the new memorial in Washington.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at Sunday's dedication ceremony on the mall.

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