Symbolic Meaning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. World Rose Garden
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?
August 28, 1963. The largest protest demonstration in U.S. history occurred at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., where 250,000 blacks and whites gathered to lobby for passage of sweeping civil rights measures by Congress. Dr. King thrilled the crowd with his "I Have A Dream" oration.