Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

By: Catherine Kim and Cheryl Liao

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A picture of the memorial at night

Description of Memorial

The memorial sits on the axis from the Lincoln Memorial. This is where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech, "I Have a Dream." The portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. , in the memorial, is made from a unique white granite with color inclusions found only in China. The memorial is located in Washington, DC. The statue has Martin Luther King Jr. folding his arms and having a serious expression. He is holding a scroll of paper supposedly his "I Have a Dream" speech. This shows how determined Martin Luther King Jr. was to help the victims of poverty and racism. There is a stone with inscriptions on it. It has fourteen of Martin Luther King's most famous quotes. The centerpiece of the memorial, as you see above, is overall 30 feet long!

History of Memorial

The memorial was opened on August 28, 2011. It took two decades of planning and fundraising to build the memorial. It was built to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the march led by Martin Luther King Jr. and his "I Have a Dream " speech to protest for African-American rights. The memorial has been in DC for three years. Martin Luther King Jr. helped with the poor and poverty and also made us believe that race shouldn't matter. The memorial shows how an amazing man united our nation into one.

Importance/Value of Memorial

This memorial is important because it honors the man who taught everybody to love each other no matter what race we were. The African-Americans didn't have the rights that white men had, such as, jobs, schools, and even water fountains. Some of the students now wouldn't have been allowed to attend school if it hadn't been for Martin Luther King Jr. The memorial reminds us that there was a period of time where there was a separation between the races. It shows how we were unfair to people and it represents a mistake we made by judging other people just by their skin. The memorial teaches us that we shall never make that same mistake that our ancestors have made. We will embrace other people as our family
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The memorial is just near the Washington Monument

Association with Individuals Who Made a Lasting Contribution

The memorial is associated with Martin Luther King Jr. who put and end to racism in America. He fought peacefully without violence for African-American civil rights. He led boycotts and peaceful protests knowing he could face some serious consequences. Blacks were not allowed to go to the same school as whites, nor they were allowed to go to the same store, drink from the same fountain, or use the same bathroom. Life would be VERY different if Martin Luther King Jr. had not stood up for all the people and children who were being judged by the color of their skin.