Martin Luther King, Jr., 10th Anniversary of His Memorial

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Bre'Unna McCarver, Contributor

Many important speakers recently commemorated the 10th Anniversary of the MLK Memorial at the National Mall in Washington, DC. President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the crowd.

Bernice King, his daughter, remembered her father in a touching social media post for the anniversary.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist born in Atlanta, Georgia who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the American civil rights movement On August 28, 1963, more than a quarter-million people participated in the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, gathering near the Lincoln Memorial. More than 3,000 members of the press covered this historic march. He was assassinated in 1968.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is a national memorial located in West Potomac Park that opened August 22nd 2011 next to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States. It covers four acres and includes the Stone of Hope, a granite statue of Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King Jr. carved by sculptor Lei Yixin. The Martin Luther King Jr. 10th Memorial Anniversary was about celebrating and remembering the legacy and the struggle for freedom, equality, and freedom for African Americans. 

If you can’t make it to Washington, DC to this memorial in person, you can visit Civil Rights museums locally. 

Two historical places to visit in Alabama are Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. It is a United States National Monument in Birmingham, Alabama established in 2017 to preserve and commemorate the work of the Civil Rights Movement. The monument is administered by the National Park Service. The Civil Rights Memorial located in Montgomery AL is A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), it is one of Alabama’s premier civil rights sights and serves as the interpretive center for the Civil Rights Memorial, which honors the martyrs of the movement and inspires visitors to continue the march for racial equity and social justice.

MLK is important to history and touched many people around the world, regardless of race.