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August 28, 2011, the 48th anniversary of the groundbreaking March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, witnessed the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. It is fitting that on this date, reminiscent of the defining moment in Dr. King's leadership in the Civil Rights movement; in the form of solid granite, his legacy is further cemented in the tapestry of the American experience.

His leadership in the drive for realization of the freedoms and liberties laid down in the foundation of the United States of America for all of its citizens, without regard to race, color, or creed is what introduced this young southern clergyman to the nation. The delivery of his message of love and tolerance through the means of his powerful gift of speech and eloquent writings inspire to this day, those who yearn for a gentler, kinder world. His inspiration broke the boundaries of intolerance and even national borders, as he became a symbol, recognized worldwide of the quest for civil rights of the citizens of the world.

  • Black and white photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a podium and park ranger in the foreground
    Remembering the Man

    Learn more about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his continuing legacy in American history and culture.

  • Statue of Martin Luther King Jr. with Washington Monument in the background
    Building a National Memorial

    Among many of the nation's most iconic monuments, a new memorial was raised to honor a man's legacy of civil rights for all Americans.

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    African American Civil Rights Network

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is part of a new national network of places commemorating the Civil Right Movement.


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