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  • The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr memorial was supposed to have opened up to the public on the Forty Eighth anniversary of the march on DC when King jr spoke In front of 200,000 people. It was postponed until October because of Hurricane Irene. The memorial is located along the Tidal Basin at 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W.
  • The only outside memorial dedicated to a non-president who was a Baptist preacher from Georgia. Dr. King was one of the pioneers of the Civil Rights movement and he used non-violent demonstrations to get his message out from the mid fifties to his assassination in 1968.
  • Dr. King’s message is a universal message of striving to carry freedom, justice, and equality to all people. The memorial located next to FDR memorial has multiple quotes from the activist that believed “a man should not be judged for the color of his skin but by the content of his character.”
  • The plan of the memorial references a line from Dr. King’s 1963 “I have a Dream” speech, “With this faith , we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope”. People that visit the memorial can enter in through the “mountain of despair”.
  • The sculptor who would design the bar relief was Master Lei Yixin who hails from China. Lei would view many pictures of Dr. King and interviewed his family to find the essence of the civil rights leader.
  • The quotes along the walls in the memorial spans the Nobel peace prize winner’s career and shines forth the ideals like love, democracy, peace and universal truth. The quotes are there to inspire and move others to action and personal integrity.
  • The symbolic placing of the memorial shows Dr. King facing the South. If you look at the King memorial from the Jefferson memorial who penned the Declaration  of Independence that says “all men are created equal” and the Dr. King is placed in front of the Lincoln from the Jefferson since Lincoln emancipated the slaves in 1863.
  • Dr. King was an admirer of Gandhi who was a man of peace and started a non-violent movement against the British. Dr. King was assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis in 1968. Gandhi faced the same fate in 1948.
  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., southwest of the National Mall. The monumental memorial is located at the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., southwest of the National Mall. The monumental memorial is located at the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.