Located along Independence Avenue is the iconic memorial in honor of a man with a dream that paved the way for equality for many Americans. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is open 24 hours a day with many ranger-led programs and tours available throughout the day.
The Martin Luther Memorial Project Foundation was authorized by Congress to create a memorial in his honor in 1996. Sculptor Master Lei Yixin was selected in 2007 to build the 30 ft. sculpture. The memorial’s design also includes the “Stone of Hope” and the “Mountain of Despair.”
Today, visitors come to see the moving memorial and read the inscriptions from King’s inspiring words. Some of the selected quotes include:
“We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
“Darkness cannot rive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”
The memorial is outdoors and is near the Lincoln Memorial, where the “I Have a Dream” speech was given, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. The address of the memorial is in honor the year the Civil Rights Act became law as well as the year he received a Nobel Peace Prize. His memorial is the fourth one that is not dedicated to a president and the first African American to be honored on the National mall. The memorial was officially dedicated in 2011.
1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC