U.S. President Barack Obama has made, on Sunday October 16, 2011, at the opening of Martin Luther King Memorial. By this political, civic, cultural and symbolic gesture, the first black president go to the White House emphasized that the “barricades began to fall, intolerance has begun to fade” with Dr. King.
Now, Dr. King takes place through this statue designed by the Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin and carefully proposed to visitor through the granite rock White. Thus, this memorial imposes itself on the prestigious site, located south of the White House, which set up once the monuments of Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt.
Arms crossed and eyes turned towards the horizon, dominated by the memorial stone of Hope aims to inspire present and future generations, through the messages of this icon of the struggle for civil rights and against racial segregation in the United States, a peace activist who was assassinated April 4, 1968 at the age of 39 years.
“If Martin Luther King was alive today, he would remind us that the unemployed can rightly blame the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing those who work there,” Obama said during his speech of circumstances, referring to the movement of “outraged” demonstrating against the greed of the financial world.
“I have a dream.” The memorial, dedicated to the pastor, the Nobel Prize for peace and his message of “democracy, justice, hope and love,” is a project of fifteen years old, according to Harry Johnson, president of the foundation who has brought the project. This open space of 1, 5 acre, built a few dozen meters from the Lincoln Memorial, is the famous mythical site where the pastor gave his most famous speech “I Have a Dream” on August 28, 1963.
Better late than never. This tribute to advocate for blacks and Nobel Peace Martin Luther King, was postponed due to the recent passage of Hurricane Irene, which struck the east coast of the United States. An opening was originally scheduled for August 28, a date that brought the 48th anniversary to the day of the famous speech “I Have a Dream”. Between poems and speeches, this memorable morning has benefited from the significant presence of the singer Aretha Franklin, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and several other personalities from the political, cultural, family and parents of the Honorable Dr. King.
With the entrance to the site, a portal with the form of rock, which provides access to green space. Taking the form of an arc on the edge of a retention pond, the “Tidal Basin”. 14 quotes from speeches by Martin Luther King between 1955 and 1968 are engraved on a wall, out of several fountains installed on the site that enhances the image of the pastor, born in Atlanta on January 15, 1929. Date declared public holiday in the United States since 1986.
A new space to celebrate the memory of Martin Luther King. A memorial to capture his life and his messages.

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