Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington DC

mlkI remember Doctor King and Fundamental tenets of Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence described in his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. The nonviolent resister seeks to defeat evil not people.
The Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change are based on Dr. King’s nonviolent campaigns and teachings that emphasize love in action. Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence, as reviewed in the Six Principles of Nonviolence, guide these steps for social and interpersonal change.  Read More at the King Center Website

I find it sad that those principles and beliefs seem to have been forgotten, or cast aside. Places like Ferguson and Baltimore are sad examples of  delusion. Perhaps it’s time people renew an effort to defeat evil not people.

 

In 1984 members of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s college fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, proposed that a national memorial to King be located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Over a decade later congressional approval was secured, fundraising efforts began, and designs were solicited. Designers in over 50 countries submitted more than 900 proposals, with the ROMA Design Group in San Francisco, California, finally selected.

A ceremonial groundbreaking occurred in 2006, with construction beginning in December 2009. The memorial opened in August 2011.

The design of the memorial focuses on themes of justice, democracy, and hope, symbolically represented by the water, stone, and trees used throughout the site. The memorial is located along the “line of leadership” between the Lincoln Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Central to the memorial are three massive granite stones–two flanking a third that is pushed forward, as if when put together, the three would form a single, solid boulder. Together the feature is called the Mountain of Despair and Stone of Hope after a King quote, “… hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope …”

The 470-foot inscription wall is split on each side of the Mountain of Despair, with waterfalls on each side. The 14 quotations are not in chronological order so visitors can read and reflect upon them in any direction. Since the entire memorial symbolically represents Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” 14 notable quotations from other speeches, sermons and writings are on the Inscription Wall. Most quotations include a place name and date where and when Dr. King was quoted. If there is no place name, the quotation comes from one of his writings.

Cherry trees which bloom in Spring and Crepe Myrtle which bloom in Summer and Fall represent seasonal change and continued growth. The memorial is located along the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park.

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