The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is Open in D.C.
A memorial to civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. opened to the public on August 22, 2011. The official dedication is on Sunday August 28, but visitors to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., can see the 30-foot sculpture now. The memorial is the first on the National Mall that honors an African American and the first that honors a person who did not serve as president. Click HERE to read more.
Not that it was planned, but I think the timing of the MLK Memorial couldn't be more perfect. In light of the recent success of fictional stories that that showed segregation in this country as a type of friendly "racism lite", the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being honored in this way is a very real reminder that segregation was an undeniable issue with tragic consequences and Civil Rights was fought hard for. To commemorate Dr. King's Memorial, I've linked below to the American Civil Rights Documentary "Eyes on the Prize" it's 3 parts and gives you a glimpse of the horrors people had to face during the 50's and 60's in the segregated South and some of what they had to endure during the fight for desegregation and rights for all people. We all know that Dr. King was key to this movement. I hope you'll take the time to watch "Eyes on the Prize" at your leisure.