The MLK Memorial Experience
This week has been quite eventful for me. If you read yesterday’s post, you know all about my experience with Tuesday’s earthquake and my re-commitment to abundant living. Well, I put my words to practice on Wednesday and decided to visit the new Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, DC. It was an amazing experience and I recommend it for everyone.
I absolutely love everything this memorial to this amazing man stands for. Being there, taking in the majestic statue and soaking in his powerful words engraved on the walls, restored everything I believe in – Peace, Love, Unity, and Equality.
There was such an air of joy in the atmosphere. Everyone was so happy to be there, and in turn, extra polite to each other. It was a very positive and uplifting environment. People were offering to take pictures for others, starting random yet comfortable conversations with strangers, and teaching their children about this great man and what he stood for. It was truly beautiful.
One of my favorite things about the memorial is the intention behind how it was created.
“At the entry portal, two stones are parted and a single stone wedge is pushed forward toward the horizon; the missing piece of what was once a single boulder. The smooth insides of the portal contrast the rough outer surfaces of the boulder. Beyond this portal, the stone appears to have been thrust into the plaza, wrested from the boulder and pushed forward – it bears signs of a great monolithic struggle.
On the visible side of the stone, the theme of hope is presented, with the text from King’s famed 1963 speech cut sharply into the stone: “Out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” On the other side are inscribed these words: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness”, a statement suggested by Dr. King himself when describing how he would like to be remembered.
The boulder is the Mountain of Despair, through which every visitor will enter, moving through the struggle as Dr. King did during his life, and then be released into the open freedom of the plaza. The solitary 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.”
Another one of my favorite parts is the display of his powerful quotes engraved on the walls surrounding the statue. Reading them got me so excited because they reminded me of how passionate I am about what he stood for.
In case you can’t see the quote here or the words engraved in some of the other pictures, click here to see the pictures up close along with the complete album of pictures on my Facebook page.
All in all, I had a wonderful time. I was filled with such pride and passion while I was there, it was hard not to have a great time. I feel so honored that this wonderful piece of work is in my very own city!
By the way, I LOVE this commercial…
Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe from Hurricane Irene that’s coming!
Share your thoughts in the comments: Have you been to see the memorial? What was your experience? What is your favorite quote from Dr. King?
Peace, Love, & Reverence,