A large statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. is set in the middle of islands of ornamental cherry trees that, when in bloom, compliment the “pink popcorn shrimp granite” of the sculpture. The subtle pink granite speaks of new life and also the fleeting fragility of life.
“…out of the mountain of despair… the stone of hope.” This quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech greets visitors to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. In the memorial, two massive rocks are split and give way to “the stone of hope” from which the large figure of Martin Luther King Jr. emerges.
Behind him, on a wall of dark granite, there are quotes that encompass the messages of freedom, equality, justice, and love that he advocated during his civil rights work. The quotes come from various times in his life, such as when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964: “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” His messages and his work are as relevant today as they were over 50 years ago. Delve into more about Martin Luther King Jr., and the quotes, on the memorial’s webpage https://www.nps.gov/mlkm/learn/photosmultimedia/quotations.htm or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NationalMallNPS