Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

In honour of Martin Luther King Day, I thought I’d post a few photos from my visit to his memorial in Washington DC on a hot summer evening last year. The granite from which the statue of Martin Luther King emerges is said to represent the determination of a generation to achieve a fair and honest society. Seventeen of Dr. King’s quotes are etched into the gracefully curved walls around the memorial and his words still ring true today.

martin luther king memorial washington dc

martin luther king memorial washington dc

martin luther king memorial washington dc

martin luther king memorial washington dc

martin luther king memorial washington dc

martin luther king memorial washington dc

The memorial, which opened to the public on August 22nd 2011, is free to visit and open 24 hours a day. The nearest Metro station is Smithsonian, which is about a 10-15 minute walk away. The memorial’s official address, 1964 Independence Avenue SW, was chosen to commemorate the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

More on my DC trip here and here.

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Hi there! I’m Ailsa. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue wheresmybackpack.com Remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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49 Responses to Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

  1. Ajay Kaul says:

    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

  2. ledrakenoir says:

    Very inspiring… :-)
    The first I look for that was “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” – and yes the quote was there… :-)
    Very well captured… :-)

  3. viveka says:

    Beautiful photos …. powerful man … powerful words and stunning memorial – you have really made it justice here.

    • ailsapm says:

      It was a very inspiring place to visit, viveka. If you’re ever in DC you should see it for yourself. xxx

      • viveka says:

        Of course I will do … but DC have never been on my bucket list … yet!

        • ailsapm says:

          It’s an extraordinary place, viveka, so much to see and do. Avoid summer, though, unless you enjoy scorching temperatures and insane humidity!

          • viveka says:

            Thanks, had that last year in Chicago .. I have been thinking about DC lately – after seen so many TV series with DC as location, it’s winning me over. So much to see .. so little time and most of the money.

          • ailsapm says:

            Oh, I know the feeling, viveka. However, if you can find somewhere affordable to stay, Washington DC has got in incredible array of free places to visit; all the memorials, countless museums and tons of free events. It’s a budget-conscious traveller’s dream! :)

          • viveka says:

            Okay … just like Chicago. One of the reason why I love it so much – I will put it on my list. *smile – thanks for convincing me.

  4. mwalbridge says:

    Awesome place! I was there in April 2012

  5. markd60 says:

    I really and impressed with the statue

  6. dakota85 says:

    Thank you for remembering – and celebrating – such a wonderful American holiday!!

  7. We did not get a chance to visit this memorial last time we were in D.C., but will make sure we do next time — so beautiful! ~ Kat

  8. tmso says:

    Thanks for posting. Put tears in my eyes.

  9. Simply inspiring … thank you for sharing these photos.

  10. your photos capture what is a thoughtful, insightful walk along his memorial

  11. Great post. We sure can use a reminder of his words these days.

  12. John says:

    A great post!

  13. pommepal says:

    Such inspiring words from a man who’s life was so tragically cut short

    • ailsapm says:

      I wonder how his life would have played out; I’m sure he would have been a major player on the world stage. I can’t believe he was only 39 when he was assassinated and am sad I never knew a world with him in it.

  14. Darkness/light
    Hate/love
    Yes, yes, YES
    Inspiring man. Fabulous post.
    Thanks.

  15. Amy says:

    Great quotes! Thank you so much, Ailsa!

  16. petit4chocolatier says:

    Beautiful post!

  17. bulldogsturf says:

    Great share .. with the words of wisdom of those taken from life too early… thank the Lord we still have Mr Mandela that led us to a free country…

  18. I haven’t been to this Memorial yet. I was so close the last time i was there but didn’t go.
    After seeing these images I know I will go next time.

  19. ajaytao2010 says:

    Great Share

  20. What a fabulous place to visit, very inspiring. I love the 3 meals a day quote, we should all believe that for everybody.

  21. LB says:

    I have not been to see the monument yet … thanks for the introduction!

  22. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    I know I am a couple of days late, but here is a great visual of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial with the wonder of his words.

  23. lvsrao says:

    Inspiring. Great post. Beautiful words.

  24. Very moving images!

  25. Great post. He’s such an inspiration!

  26. Sara P.G. says:

    Inspiring indeed, Thank You

  27. What a fantastic memorial. Such an inspirational man. If only more people thought like he did.

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