Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington DC

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial serves as a tribute to the American clergyman, activist, and leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. The centerpiece of the memorial is inspired by a quote from King’s seminal "I Have a Dream" speech: "Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope." Visitors pass through two large pieces of granite symbolizing the "mountain of despair" to be greeted by a 9.1 m (30 ft) "stone of hope," in which King’s likeness and words are carved. The inscription wall contains 14 quotes from some of King’s speeches, writings, and sermons. Site tours are available throughout the day. Parking is very limited near the memorial. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Washington DC Edition.
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  • Any fan of this great man will understand exactly what the monument is about. The walls are covered in inspiring quotes and there is a small MLK shop where you can get souvenirs and more historical in...  more »
  • During our visit to Washington D.C. it was a must that we visit the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial. It was very impressive. The statute, the engraved words of his speech and famous words and the gorge...  more »
  • Walking along and reading the MLK quotes reminds you this was a person with something worthwhile to say.  more »
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  • Hoping they expand this area to include a museum that explains his history. Right now, it's just some sculptures and his most famous quotes engraved in stone which doesn't seem to do him enough justice. But still worth a visit particularly if you are already planning to walk along the lake to the FDR and Jefferson memorials.
  • Amazing! This has been on my must do list since it opened. Was blessed to walk through it yesterday. It did not disappoint. My wife and I loved it. We saw it at sunset, which just added to the experience. A must see when you’re in D.C.
  • This is a truly remarkable memorial to one of America's most remarkable men. Most pictures do not do this statue justice, and you must go see it in person to appreciate it. Dr. King was and continues to be an inspiration, and this memorial is a great place to ponder his words and his Dream.
  • Amazimg memorial. But I wish there was more. Maybe an actual museum with information about him, his life, family, beliefs, and how hes affected our country. He deserves more then just a statue. The location is breathtakingly beautiful with all the greenery and the tidal basin right there. You can also choose to walk along the tidal basin to get to the Jefferson memorial and it looks like an amazing walk.
  • The design is interesting; however, the monument does take into account that the Reverend Doctor Martin Luthiler King Jr. was a Baptist Minister. The quotes used in the memorial are completely secular. While I have no issue with these quotes , the ommission of other quotes fails to paint a complete picture of this amazing man.

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