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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many more Washington DC attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Washington DC tour planner.
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  • This was nice I was very impressed. This memorial is attached to several others so you can do several at this one location. Lots of walking but at our own pace. 
  • What a great man, it is about time that we honor him in this country. Especially in the trend of making America hate again. 
  • I had the opportunity to visit the memorial on Dr. Martin Luther King Day while in DC. It was beautiful and definitely speaks to you. The details on the monument are wonderfully done and it really cap...  more »
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  • Amazing memorial to America's greatest civil rights leader. The memorial is carved into a pristine white granite stone, and there are more polished stones with King's many quotes engraved on them. The cherry blossoms also line the basin, and they pass through the memorial. King's pose is very striking. Even the entryway is awe inspiring.
  • This is the best addition to the Washington DC memorials. The huge statue of MLK only barely begins to represent the the huge affect he's had on human kind and the civil rights movement. Make sure you enter through the center entrance which is off West Basin Dr SW & Independence Ave SW. Walking through the tall pillars puts into perspective the experience you are about to encounter in it's fullness. I loved the quotes and excepts from all of his inspirational speeches. This is a solemn place great thinking spot and also a poke gym for pokemon go players. :P
  • I'll tell u, when walking to this memorial, I was wondering how far it was going to be before I got there. It is a little out of the way, but when I actually got there, I was very happy with the result. It's right on the water and the style in which the monument is designed is top notch. Very nicely done.
  • The MLK Memorial is so much different from the rest of them. You have to see it for yourself. On top of that, it's right on the water so you can enjoy a nice cool stroll with a view before or after your visit.
  • I've taken many family and friends here since it opened recently. It is one of my fave memorials. I love the King quotes along the wall. The statue itself is magnanimous and breathtaking. I love the view from across the river and being able to see the Jefferson and Lincoln memorial not far. The grounds are serene and the guests that come are international and varied. Great monument!