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MLK Memorial Dedication Plans Suffer Storm Interruption
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011

"On behalf of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc, we are pleased to confirm that Bridget Langdale has won 2 Green SEATED Tickets to the Official Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication Ceremony on Sunday, August 28th, 2011."Wow…an opportunity to be a part of history, I could not wait to go. The weeklong celebration started on Monday leading up to the Official Dedication Ceremony to be held on Sunday at 11:00 followed by a Concert on the Mall. Judith Barton and I got our dancing shoes out and planned for our four day adventure to DC, leaving on Friday. An earthquake early in the week changed several of the venues, but a Category 4 hurricane coming toward the area eventually caused the Celebratory Dedication to be postponed. Our travel plans were canceled, but this National Memorial will be there forever. The King Memorial is the first on the National Mall to honor a single African-American and someone who was not a president. It sits on the capital’s Tidal Basin in a direct line between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, linking the president who promoted freedom through the Declaration of Independence, one who fought for our unity as one nation and King, who challenged American to realize the aspirations of our founding documents. Welcome to the neighborhood, Dr. King. We don’t build memorials to men, we build them to the ideals they have. The composition of the MLK Memorial utilizes landscape elements to powerfully convey four fundamental and recurring themes throughout Dr. King’s message: justice, democracy, hope and love. Throughout the memorial are 14 quotations from his speeches and benches where visitors can stop and reflect. Among them: “We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”The monument is crafted from a granite boulder split in three. The first two hunks, represent the “Mountain of Despair”, where upon every visitor will enter. Moving through the struggle and then be released into the open freedom of the plaza. The solitary 3rd stone is the “Stone of Hope”, from which Dr, King’s image emerges, gazing over the Tidal Basin toward the horizon, seeing a future society of justice and equality for which he encouraged all citizens to strive.

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