Martin Luther King experienced his moment of glory in the capital of America. On 28 August 1963, 200,000 people gathered for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial King addressed the crowds, delivering his historic ‘I have a dream’ speech.
King’s name and his legendary words are now engraved in the stone on the exact spot where he stood. But most tourists, their attention focused on the enormous statue of Lincoln, simply step over the words that have resonated so much throughout recent history.
A much more striking tribute is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. This impressive statue near the National Mall was unveiled by President Barack Obama in 2011. During his speech, the first Afro-American president made it clear that he is still inspired by Martin Luther King’s strong desire for justice.
The paths of Martin Luther King and Obama seem to cross more often in Washington. When Obama was inaugurated for his second term as president in January 2013, it just happened to be Martin Luther King Day…!
Martin Luther King Day is commemorated with great enthusiasm every year in Washington DC, with the Martin Luther King Peace & Freedom Walk, a concert in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and many other events.
A whole program of events is being organized in Washington DC until the end of the year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.
And the city is also looking forward to 2015 when the National Museum of African American History and Culture will open its doors on the National Mall. The museum will of course devote attention to the work of the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King.
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