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Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Dedication - August 28th, 2011 in Washington D.C.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

(January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)

On August 28th, 2011 more than 250,000 visitors will be in Washington, DC to celebrate the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial. UPDATE: The Dedication set for August 28th, 2011 has been postponed to a date yet to be determined in September or October.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday of January each year. It is one of four United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person.

Martin Luther King, Jr. left his mark on our Nation’s Capitol when he helped organize the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. On August 28, more than 2,000 buses, 21 special trains, 10 chartered airliners, and uncounted cars converged on Washington for the political rally that started at the Washington Monument and ended at the Lincoln Memorial. Leaders of the march estimated that over 300,000 people participated. Roughly 80% of the participants were African-American. It was here in Washington, DC, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The speech was a defining moment in the American Civil Rights Movement and is considered one of the most famous in American history.

King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a US National Holiday in 1986.

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Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Dedication

On August 28th, 2011 more than 250,000 visitors will be in Washington, DC to celebrate the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial. Dr. King's Memorial is located on a four-acre plot on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin. It is adjacent to the Roosevelt Memorial and creates a "line of leadership" from the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to the Jefferson Memorial. The Stone of Hope, from which Dr. King's image emerges, will gaze over the Tidal Basin toward the horizon as a symbol of a future society of justice and equality. The memorial will also feature an Inscription Wall with fourteen of Dr. King’s most influencial quotes, engraved on a 450-foot crescent shaped granite wall.

Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Image Gallery

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is located on a four-acre plot on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin. It is adjacent to the Roosevelt Memorial and creates a "line of leadership" from the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to the Jefferson Memorial. The Stone of Hope, from which Dr. King's image emerges, will gaze over the Tidal Basin toward the horizon as a symbol of a future society of justice and equality. The memorial will also feature an Inscription Wall with fourteen of Dr. King's most influential quotes, engraved on a 450-foot crescent shaped granite wall.

Famous Martin Luther King Jr. Speeches

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave countless sermons and speeches during his lifetime that moved an entire nation and will be forever remembered. This is a collection of some of the most famous, amazing, and thought-provoking of Dr. Martin Luther King's speeches, including his historic "I Have A Dream" speech given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. All these speaches are full length textual versions and each one is truly amazing.

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Martin Luther King, Jr Bust in the U.S. Capital

On December 21, 1982, the Congress passed House Concurrent Resolution 153, which directed the procurement of a marble bust "to serve to memorialize [Dr. King’s] contributions on such matters as the historic legislation of the 1960s affecting civil rights and the right to vote." Senator Charles McC. Mathias, Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library, the congressional committee overseeing the procurement, said at the unveiling that "Martin Luther King takes his rightful place among the heroes of this nation." The bust of his head and shoulders is 36 inches high and stands on a pyramidal Belgian black marble base that is 66 inches high. Martin Luther King is depicted in a contemplative and peaceful mood, looking slightly downward. His face is smoothly modeled, in contrast to the textures of his hair and of his jacket and tie. The pedestal was designed by the sculptor to follow the lines of the shoulders of the bust, creating a unified shape and enhancing the monumental effect. Read More

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Brief History

Martin Luther King, Jr., born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to a family of pastors and civil rights leaders. King received a B.A. degree from Moorehouse College in 1948, a B.D. degree from Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania in 1951, and a Ph.D. from Boston University in 1955. Martin Luther King, Jr. returned to Montgomery, Alabama, to work for civil rights while serving as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Already a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, King gained national recognition as a leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In 1957, he founded and was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He traveled extensively, giving over 2,500 speeches, and wrote five books as well as numerous articles. During his 1963 incarceration in Alabama he wrote his famous "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

Martin Luther King, Jr. also counseled Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. His actions brought about consideration and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, Dr. King was the youngest man to receive that honor. On April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, he was assassinated.

In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War, both from a religious perspective. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.


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