A month before the monument opened, The Snob got the chance to check out a preview of the statue dedicated last week to slain Civil Rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. King is the first American who was not a former president to be honored with a monument on the mall. Inspired by line in a King speech, the monument consists of a "mountain of despair" with King emerging from "the stone of hope." As a history nerd, I was pretty moved. (It honestly doesn't take much for me. I sometimes get emotional over seeing the Capitol building at night.) Have you had a chance to check out the monument yet? It opened to the public for the first time -- amidst a freak earthquake, and later, a hurricane -- last week.