Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington DC

Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
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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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  • What a wonderful memorial to a man that is larger than life. I love that way the sculpture is not complete giving the sense that the works that MLK jr started are still in progress. Carving our future...  read more »
  • The photos of the monument don't do it justice. The rock statue is surrounded by black granite inscribed with Dr. King's words. It's a lovely space and very inspiring. You can walk to the FDR, Washing...  read more »
  • What a wonderful way to pay tribute to America's greatest statesman of the 20th Century. It is completely fitting that this memorial is adjacent to that of FDR. 
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Awesome monument, intense. A bit of of the way of your walking the mall, don't skip it. This monument was definitely built with night time visiting in mind. The lighting is dramatic and more than sufficient to read all of the great quotes from this powerful civil rights leader.
  • National Parks, celebrating 100 Years of Service, A tribute to Martin Luther King in the Nations Capital. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover". Mark Twain
  • I went to Washington DC supporting the Mother Emanuel 9 in effort to be heard in trying to get tougher gun laws with some of the Omega Sci-Fi fraternity brothers of Charleston SC. and other family and members of Mother Emmanuel AME. We took a bus trip to the capital to stand with other victims who have been victimized by guns in some form or fashion, representative Clyburn led the gathering with other house members and leaders from all around speaking up for there state. It was very moving.
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