Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

An interesting email showed up in the Cedar Posts inbox.

The email was seeking support for a Martin Luther King, Jr, National Memorial in Washington, DC. Funny thing, I've never given much thought to Washington lacking a memorial to Dr. King.

We seem to have them everywhere else, Atlanta, Memphis, Selma even Charlotte. The one in Charlotte, is not a very good one I might add. We also have a Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard it too is not a very good one.

The email reads in part:

The month of April marks the 42nd anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are commemorating the life and work of Dr. King by creating a memorial in our nation's capital.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial will honor his life and contributions to the world through non violent social change. I'm reaching out to ask if you and your readers would help spread the word by posting about this wonderful project on Cedar Posts And Barbwire Fences.

After years of fund raising, the memorial is now $14 million away from its $120 million goal. This will be more than a monument to a great humanitarian, the National Memorial will be a place for visitors from around the world to share the spirit of love, freedom, and peace.

A memorial is such a natural thing for us to want to do and Washington seems like the best place to have one to Dr. King. Frankly I'm surprised that we don't have one in Washington already.

Dr. King in his letter from Birmingham Jail:

"Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty."

42 years later we are still dealing with many of the same issues Dr. King believed in and died working to over come. Makes you think doesn't it?

Check out the MLK Memorial News for more on the King National Memorial.

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