Dorneshia Thomas will carry the image with her for years.
Decades from now, she will still remember the day, sitting on the front row, as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial was dedicated in Washington.
Thomas is part of the University of Kentucky Center for Student Involvement, which is helping raise money for the monument. The Atlanta native is a junior majoring in clinical psychology at UK.
She was one of nine students and three administrators from UK who went to Washington for the dedication.
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She said President Barack Obama's speech moved her because it expressed how "this occasion motivates him to keep on fighting."
She said she also was moved to see King's contemporaries from the 1960s civil rights battles, including the Rev. Joseph Lowery, Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Young, a former aide to King who helped draft the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
"It reflects on how far we still have to go as a country and how we can help as students," Thomas said.
Rebecca Comage, assistant director of diversity education and community building at UK, said she was "overwhelmed with encouragement and pride. ... It was a defining moment I will never forget."