• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and  the Civil Rights Movement

    Martin Luther King Jr

    National Historic Site Georgia

Symbolic Meaning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. World Rose Garden

Front view of MLK, Jr. Rose Garden

Front view of MLK, Jr. World Peace Rose Garden

NPS Photo

The starburst design reminds us of the brilliance of Dr. King’s life and the impact of his ideals on humankind.

The pink roses in the center represent Mrs. Coretta Scott King’s oneness with Dr. King and her continuation of his work.

The solid bands of white roses honor the special bond and similarity of peace movements between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.

The band of red roses that weaves its way through the garden honors all African Americans and their contributions to the history of the United States and the world.

The various clusters of multi-colored roses symbolize the nations of the world and the universal appeal of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of peace through non-violence.

Did You Know?

Reverends Martin Luther King, Sr. and Jr.

Daddy King was named Michael Luther King by his mother. His first son was Michael Luther King, Jr. When the son was five, Daddy King changed his name to Martin Luther King and the son became Martin Luther King, Jr. when both were baptized in 1934