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Photo Essay – Martin Luther King Memorial

On the third Monday of January, the United States will be celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The idea of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday was promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations. After King’s death, United States Representative John Conyers (a Democrat from Michigan) and United States Senator Edward Brooke (a Republican from Massachusetts) introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979. However, it fell five votes short of the number needed for passage. Two of the main arguments mentioned by opponents were that a paid holiday for federal employees would be too expensive, and that a holiday to honor a private citizen would be contrary to longstanding tradition (King had never held public office). Only two other persons have national holidays in the United States honoring them: George Washington, the first President of the United States, and Christopher Columbus, the navigator, colonizer, and explorer from the Republic of Genoa, whose voyages across the Atlantic Ocean led to general European awareness of the American continents. – Wikipedia

Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Things to do in Washington D.C.

On August, 22, 2011, the Martin Luther King Memorial was opened. Located in Washington, D.C., southwest of the National Mall, it’s one of the most dramatic sculptures we have ever seen. It’s a large scale Martin Luther King, Jr. carved out of a rock, representing a piece from King’s famous speech.  If your looking for things to do in Washington D.C., this is a must!

The centerpiece for the memorial is based on a line from King’s “I Have A Dream” speech: “Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” A 30 feet (9.1 m)-high relief of King named the “Stone of Hope” stands past two other pieces of granite that symbolize the “mountain of despair.” Visitors literally “pass through” the Mountain of Despair on the way to the Stone of Hope, symbolically “moving through the struggle as Dr. King did during his life.” – Wikipedia

Martin Luther King Memorial Photos

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

A right delayed is a right denied.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.

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Aracely paying respects to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

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benjinman says:

Amazing photo essay!And it made me learn more about Martin Luther King and the memorial.He was such a great man!

Yes, an incredible man. Glad we could contribute to his memory.

Jane says:

Thanks so much for sharing your great photos with us. We plan to visit the memorial next year. Martin Luther King was undoubtedly one of the greatest orators of all time.

Erika says:

He was truly a fantastic orator and thinker. A real role model! The memorial wasn’t there yet when I last visited D.C. I guess I’ll have to go back!

Definitely visit this memorial someday, I think it was done very powerfully.

Thats a very moving memorial with all the powerful quotes. Its surprising that even in America itself, there are some kids that didnt know about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. ..least of all in the army.

It was an incredible memorial and one that is deservedly on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an inspiration to many Americans and that should never go away. I could read his quotes all day. I love them.

Great pics. I really want to see this memorial someday. I’ve been to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, where King was shot, and it was the most moving museum I’ve ever visited.

They did a really great job in the design of this memorial. The quotes line a great arc wall that creates a border for the memorial and the large stone sculpture is powerful.

I was in the hotel where he got shot in. Pretty crazy.

But the craziest story is when I was living in San Diego and met a lot of the Navy – 18 year olds – who are from Alabama and the deep south.

They were telling me that until they moved here they never even heard of Martin Luther King. It’s not even in their HISTORY books for school

talk about censorship and still living before the civil war!

That is crazy, but I am not shocked. I wish it wasn’t that way.

Jenna says:

Nice photo essay! I have been to D.C. a couple times but before this opened. I look forward to seeing it. The quotes are so powerful.

The quotes are amazing. It was hard to only pick a few.

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