The clock started ticking in the planned 20 month construction process of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial. Those running the nonprofit in charge of raising money and building plan to open the four-acre site in late summer or early fall next year. The monument sits between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials on the Tidal Basin.
Alphi Phi Alphi, the fraternity to which King belonged, took responsibility for raising the projected $120 million to plan and build the memorial. It created the nonprofit Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.The foundation’s website can be found at http://www.buildthedream.org.
Dr. Martin Luther King is remembered as a great orator whose impact on the nation came from the eloquence and inspirational quality of his words. His speeches, sermons and public addresses melded themes of democracy deeply embedded in the American conscience, and reinvigorated these messages with clear and insightful reflections on the true meaning of justice and equality. The entire memorial is meant to invoke the memory and spiritual presence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the visual experience of place, reinforced by the full range of sensory perception, the metaphorical use of water, stone and other landscape elements, the powerful display of passages from his sermons and speeches and the appearance of his physical image in the “Stone of Hope”.
“There are two types of laws: there are just laws and there are unjust laws…What is the difference between the two?…An unjust law is a man-made code that is out of harmony with the moral law…Paul Tillich has said that sin is separation. Isn’t segregation an existential expression of man’s tragic separtion, an expression of his awful estrangement, his terrible sinfulness?”
– Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963
World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point. Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity, and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion. We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built.– Martin Luther King, Jr. December 1964
I Have a Dream
This historic speech could of course not be left out in this post.
Help Raising Funds, by searching the internet
Raising funds to this cause has been made very easy for anyone who doesn’t have the desire or means to make a (tax deductible) donation. You can help raise funds to build Dr. King’s Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC simply by searching everyday using your IE or Firefox web browser and the MLK Memorial toolbar. For every search you perform using the toolbar $.05 will be donated to the Washington DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation to begin construction on the Memorial in Washington, DC.