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I was in Washington D.C. last weekend to tour the monuments and memorials located on the National mall.  This is the final installation in the series.

I find it interesting that it comes at a time when The Daily Post at introduced its challenge for the week with the theme of “CHANGE”.  Click on the above link to see more entries.

I was in junior high school in the early sixties when the Civil Rights Movement was at its peak.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was leading marches and giving speeches everywhere, for the rights and freedom of black Americans.

He was an instrument of change for a nations of people who so hungered for it.  The march on Washington drew millions of Americans to hear his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

I was in college, in the South, when it was announced Dr. King was shot on a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee.  Marches broke out on campus where students walked in peaceful protest and solidarity of this tragic event.  It was not so peaceful in my hometown, where riots took place and people burned down buildings in their own community.  My community went from peaceful quite to a place of fires, fueled by fear and anger.  Followed by the National Guard summoned to bring order to the community.

Change came slowly, but it did finally come.  After 48 years, instead of marching on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  stands as a monument to the change that has come to America.


August 28, 2011, the 48th anniversary of the groundbreaking March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom witnessed the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. It is fitting that on this date, reminiscent of the defining moment in Dr. King’s leadership in the Civil Rights movement; in the form of solid granite, his legacy is further cemented in the tapestry of the American experience.  His leadership in the drive for realization of the freedoms and liberties laid down in the foundation of the United States of America for all of its citizens, without regard to race, color, or creed is what introduced this young southern clergyman to the nation.

The delivery of his message of love and tolerance through the means of his powerful gift of speech and eloquent writings inspire to this day, those who yearn for a gentler, kinder world . His inspiration broke the boundaries of intolerance and even national borders, as he became a symbol, recognized worldwide of the quest for civil rights of the citizens of the world.

The Memorial conveys three themes that were central throughout Dr. King’s life – democracy, justice, and hope. The centerpiece of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is the “Stone of Hope”, a 30-foot statue of Dr. King, gazing into the horizon and concentrating on the future and hope for humanity.

Information gathered from the internet.




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If you get a chance I hope you will visit this memorial to a man who fought for the freedom of all people.







  1. There’s a man worthy of a monument, truly left a legacy and a powerful message for us all.

  2. What a fitting memorial to this great catalyst of change! I hope I get to see it someday.

  3. A wonderful choice!

  4. a powerful statue of a great man, i would love to visit it one day francine, thanks for your story too, they were frightening days when he was shot, but his legacy of change has help true

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  6. I’ve yet to see this monument but cannot wait to do wo. It is such a powerful piece and fitting memorial. Thanks, Francine, for this series. .

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  8. This is my favourite Francine, what a man, we need many more like him.

  9. A perfect symbol of change and hope. An amazing man whose legacy opened the doors for change and freedom that to this day we all enjoy. Inspiring post. Have a great weekend.

  10. What an emotive sculpture. It’s on the list!!

  11. Dr. Martin Luther King monument is and forever will be will forever serve to the freedom and justice.

  12. Great! I hadn’t seen this completed. Excellent choice!

  13. Very apt for the challenge.

  14. Excellent memorial to a great man, Francine. 🙂

  15. Perfect for the challenge. I hope to go visit Washington this year or next.

  16. Yes, I well remember those winds of change, Francine. Yet again, great post.

  17. Love your tribute to a great man, Francine. Thanks so much for showing me the memorial. 🙂

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  20. Fantastic post, Francine.

    I recently finished reading “Martin Luther King, Jr.” by the late journalist Marshall Frady. It is an extremely frank and detailed account. It blatantly shines light on King’s personal shortcomings despite his most impressive public stature; such as his frequent acts of adultery with groupie congregates. Even some of the errors he made in his campaign are presented; such as reluctantly but certainly distancing himself from Bayard Rustin on the emphatic advice of SCLC members because Rustin is gay. This book is a lot different than the bio I read at least 25 years ago by another author who I doubt had anywhere the connection to the American Civili Rights Movement that Frady did as a young reporter.

    Why this book? The short answer is because my wife bought it for me. The longer answer is that when I was a kid in grade 7, my teacher discussed Alexander The Great, and followed up by asking the class to write on our individual perspectives of what make someone “great”.

    I passed with my essay, just passed. I was too young and inept to put into words what I should have actually said. Here it is in short:

    King, inspired, by Gandhi not only achieved what was thought to be impossible for the US but impacted the official policies of fairness on many countries around the world; including Germany which had already begun to make strict changes after Hitler. Making such an international impact by knowingly putting your very life on the line for the betterment of all people; not just African-Americans, all people, is never an easy thing to do (and he did it when he was young and had his whole life ahead of him).

    I am forever fascinated by MLK, and his socio-political legacy. he was a “great” man dispite his flaws.

    That’s why I keep reading about him. I want to know what makes him different from me. What makes him the same? Am I doing enough for the betterment of humanity?

    I’m currently two-thirds through Syney Poitier’s autobiography, “The Measure of a Man”. In it he speaks of his experiences in America as a black man from the Carribbean trying to make it as an actor, and he reflects on MLK and the Civil Rights movement. A very inspirational and honorable man.

    • THANK YOU so much for taking the time to express your feelings and opinions on this blog. I believe we are all alike with different strengths and weaknesses. We were all given a unique and special gift. When we recognize it and put it into practice, if only for one person, it is a good thing. How do we know that one person will affect ten and the ten affect a hundred, on and on and on. It starts with a seed. Someone has to plant it and I believe we all do in our own way. I KNOW YOU DO, from reading your blog. Have a blessed week.

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  22. This is awesome Francine! 🙂

  23. Francine, what a wonderful reminder of a great man and all he stood for. Thank you.

  24. Definitely a symbol of change. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my Photo Challenge post.

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  26. Lovely and timely post indeed, Francine. 🙂

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  28. Francine, I was a senior in high school getting close to graduation day on April 4, 1968 when I got that sad news. On one hand, I was appalled by the reactions of some of my fellow students (white students I should add) as I did not feel prejudice at that time in my life. I had already lived in so many places due to my father being a career AF officer. Although we were then stationed at Langley AFB, Virginia (about 65 miles from where I live now), our previous tour had been in Bangkok, Thailand (from 1964 – 1966) and had met so many people of different ethnicities and races; I can say that any prejudice that I had LEARNED as a child was gone because of (a) moving around so much, (b) the AF was well integrated before the rest of society, and (c) I had just been attending the Bangkok International School where there were 40 some odd countries represented and I WAS THE MINORITY. I was so embarrassed at the nasty things said by some of my school mates added with the fact that Memphis was my home town, that I started crying and could not stop. As a youngster, I lived the first several years in Memphis because my dad was overseas in the Korean War and I do have memories of my mom pulling me away from the “wrong bathroom” or the “wrong water fountain” but that was so far in my past and I had come to realize that prejudice was LEARNED not something inherant in people from the South. It still bothers me sometimes that I was born in Memphis – why? Why not somewhere else? I am still dealing with that @ the age of 63!!!!!!!!!

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