Already present in the US capital with engraved famous line “I have a dream” on the Lincoln Memorial stairs, Dr. Martin L. King has finally got his own spot among numerous memorials in Washington, D.C. On 16th of October 2011 thousands of supporters joined the official dedication of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The memorial convey four fundamental and recurring themes throughout Dr. King’s message: justice, democracy, hope and love. The main entrance through the crescent-shaped inscription wall is aligned along the axis of the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, placing MLK’s memorial directly in line with the larger democratic ideals that for the context for King’s words and deeds.
A visitor enters through a portal made of two stones. Beyond this portal you can see a stone that seems to have been thrust into the plaza. On the visible side of the stone, the theme of hope is presented with the text from King’s famous speech from 1963: “Out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope”. On the other side is inscribed a statement of King himself of how he would like to be remembered: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness”.
As a part of the memorial, the inscription wall truly captures Dr. King’s legacy with fourteen of his notable quotes engraved on a 450-foot crescent shaped granite wall. Along the Tidal Basin, the King’s memorial is surrounded by blossom cherry trees. Each year on April the 4th, the peak blooming period for the trees coincides with the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.
Photos courtesy of my dear friend Justyna x