• 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?

Freedom Marchers

On April 3, 1963, civil rights forces led by Dr. King launched a drive against discrimination in Birmingham, AL. The city's police force, led by Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor, used high-powered water hoses and dogs against demonstrators. The brutality of the repression aroused public opinion.