Doing Justice to a Monumental Figure: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

August 31, 2011 § Leave a comment


It was on the day the earth shook up much of the east coast of the United States that Afrofusion ventured out to the National Mall to see this great monument to freedom, peace and justice. Fearing that it had been closed, as had other monuments and federal buildings, we nevertheless braved the beast that was DC traffic to get a glimpse. And it was open! This was DC day, set aside by the monument foundation for residents of Washington and its suburbs to get a chance to enjoy the memorial before its day of dedication. Unfortunately that day of dedication has been postponed, due to the threat of Hurricane Irene, to an as yet undetermined day in the next couple of months. And just like the

The monument to Dr. King, facing the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial

storms brought on by each recurring hurricane, there was nothing stopping the wind of change ushered in by Dr. Martin Luther King in the struggle for civil rights. But the mere presence on the mall of such a historic monument also signifies the change that the United States has gone through since the passing of the good Reverend. As he sits amongst Presidents and war heroes on the National Mall, the memorial will be a lasting reminder of the legacy of Dr. King and the effect that legacy has had on the whole world. If nothing else grabs you, select quotations of his carved into the surrounding marble walls will no doubt remain an inspiration to countless visitors, young and old. If you haven’t yet visited, make some time and go down to the national mall. Check out the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. “Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope,” as the inscription reads on the 30-foot memorial. It’s a fitting tribute to a monumental figure in US history. Bless…

A youngster reads one of the quotations at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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