When we think of the civil right struggle, amongst many champions, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., comes as one of the greatest iconic figures who has paved the way for many people like me to flourish in a society with so much inequality and injustice. Dr. King has been nothing but a relentless champion in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world using nonviolent methods to teach his vision that the world can in fact be an anti-racist society by ending racial segregation and racial discrimination.
For many Americas and specially African Americans who have lived to see the struggle during slavery, Jim Crow and those of us who still witness today’s systemic institutionalized racism, the acknowledgement of MLK’s legacy on our National Mall is an emotional experience when looking back at the history of the United States of America. However, this memorial also recognizes years of relentless peaceful activism that highlights Dr. Kings’ dream of reoccurring themes, a call for ‘democracy, justice, hope, and love’ for all.
Today when we celebrate the legacy of MLK, let us also remember many leaders who have paved the way for civil rights before Dr. King championed the struggle cementing the legacy of people who had fought the hard fights to guarantee civil rights for all.
Enjoy the pics below courteous of public domain and some pictures I personally took until you get a chance to see this absolutely stunning historic site in person.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!