I had a chance to go back home this past weekend to visit with the family and before I caught the bus back up to the City we stopped off at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in DC. It was my first time visiting the Memorial since it opened last August and was definitely impressed by what I saw.
The Memorial is constructed as a literal embodiment of a quote from his iconic I Have A Dream speech: “Out of the Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope.” King’s figure is a part of the “Stone of Hope”, cut from the surrounding “Mountain of Despair”. The 14 quotes that are etched on the Mountain section highlight not only the passion and intelligence of the man, but also the fact that he was years ahead of his time. More than 50 years later, so many of his quotes are not only moving, but shockingly relevant — echoing many of the sentiments that are still present in our society today.
If anything, the Memorial reminded me of the amazing work that Dr. King did not just for African Americans, but for ALL people — both foreign and domestic. His Dream still lives on, long after his death, and the Memorial is a beautiful tribute to one of the greatest figures in American history.
I’ve got plenty of other shots that I haven’t gotten around to processing yet that I hope to get to in the coming weeks. I’ll post some more if there’s anything that jumps out at me.
Posted on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012-->