Many Americans paused today, Monday, to remember Martin Luther King, Junior -- the slain civil rights leader who fought for racial equality.
Today, Monday is a federal holiday honoring Dr. King, and most of the nation's government offices, financial institutions and schools are closed.
President Bush, speaking in Washington, called Dr. King a "visionary American" who left the United States a "different and better place."
The president also honored Secretary of State Colin Powell and his wife, Alma -- recipients of an award given to a leader who represents Dr. King's ideals and commitment to community service. Mr. Powell and his wife are African-American.
In Atlanta, Georgia, an annual observance was held at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King served as pastor alongside his father.
Martin Luther King, Junior -- who was assassinated in 1968 -- would have turned 76 on Saturday.