Congressman Elijah E. Cummings inaugurates the unveiling of President Obama's Presidential wax figure at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.
Hundreds gathered at the Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University to celebrate two men--Martin Luther King Jr. and President-elect Barack Obama. The National Blacks in Wax Museum just unveiled a statue of Obama and the timing could not be more perfect.
"It is tremendous history. The first, an African-American president, and the museum, the National Blacks in Wax Museum. What better marriage could you have for an occasion such as today," said Andre Williams with Baltimore City Community College.
"Our children are the living messages we send to a future we will never see," said Congressman Elijah Cummings.
This day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is a time to honor the doctor himself and of course the countless people he inspired, including Obama.
"It is really hard to put into words the emotions that I know everyone feels. I think it is best indicated by the outpouring of people. In the museum we would normally have on a day like today maybe 200 or 300.
We expect almost 2,000 people in the museum today. We have a lot of people coming from all over the country. It is based upon what is going on in Washington, the inauguration," said Jonathan Wilson, spokesperson for the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.
People from all around the country have come to see the statue. People have come from Atlanta, Houston and Los Angeles. They say this is an event they would not miss.
"Barack Obama really inspires and encourages me to do what I want to do," said Jonelle Horton.
But the celebration was not just about him. It was about how Barack Obama fought to become the first African-American president, with the undeniable inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The days coming together so closely like that and all of us coming together to celebrate the two events together just makes it bigger than life," said Barbara Mooring from New Jersey.
A child at the time Dr. King made that speech, Barack Obama is now the one guiding the way for children.