Martin Luther King Jr. Is Recognized!

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The new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is located in Washington, D.C. It is on the west side of the Tidal Basin of the Potomac River near the Jefferson Memorial and the Roosevelt Memorial.

The new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is located in Washington, D.C. It is on the west side of the Tidal Basin of the Potomac River near the Jefferson Memorial and the Roosevelt Memorial. This monument was opened very recently, in August of 2011 to honor the efforts and leadership of Mr. King's attempts for equal rights.

 

As you enter, you will walk through a mountain of stone missing its center. In front of you will be a white stone block, which, on the other side, has a 28 ft. 6 inch tall statue of Martin Luther King Jr. coming out of it. His size and appearance make him look larger than life. On the stone, it says "OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN OF DESPAIR, A STONE OF HOPE." It is as though there was only despair for African Americans, but Martin Luther King Jr. gave them hope to stand up for themselves. On each side of the mountain, there is a black granite wall with eight of his inspiring quotes. One of his greatest quotes is, "THE ULTIMATE MEASURE OF A MAN IS NOT WHERE HE STANDS IN MOMENTS OF COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE, BUT WHERE HE STANDS AT TIMES OF CHALLENGE AND CONTROVERSY." In the space between the mountain and wall, beautiful waterfalls rush down in front of a dark surface with an encouraging crash.

 

The people there are viewing the quotes and stone with many differing emotions. Some people touch the sculpture of him with their heads bowed to remember Martin Luther King Jr.; others just gaze at the sculpture amazed at the enormity and the magnitude of his accomplishments. This monument draws people from all over the country who are here to honor, remember, and learn about him. His deeds changed our country forever.