The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Washington, DC)
From the moment that I discovered that a memorial was being built to honor Dr. King I knew I had to go to Washington with my family to view the sculpture. I also knew that there was no other hotel for our stay in Washington, DC than The Willard due to its connection to Dr. King.After a stormy Saturday night and a windy start in the morning, Sunday, August 28th, the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech, the weather was absolutely beautiful as we made our way to the memorial. The memorial’s landscape has natural elements and water, to convey themes fundamental to Dr. King’s legacy: democracy, justice, hope and love. Dr. King’s sculpture is flanked by crescent-shaped walls inscribed with excerpts from some of his most famous sermons and speeches. The centerpiece is the “Stone of Hope” the 30-foot granite sculpture of Dr. King depicting him coming out of the stone. Dr. King’s statue, located on the northwest shore of the Tidal Basin is nothing short of amazing.
The memorial’s street address, 1964 Independence Avenue, is a reference to a milestone of the civil rights movement, the 1964 Voting Rights Act. As I sat on the stone bench reflecting on Dr. King’s words inscribed around me, I could not help but to think that his words were as inspirational today as they were when they were spoken so many years ago. During our visit to the memorial we were very fortunate to meet the sculptor of Dr. King’s memorial, Lei Yixin. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial honors a man who sacrificed his life so that the world would be a better place!