Martin Luther King Jr.

 The Martin Luther King Memorial was opened to the public on October 16th 2011 instead of the earlier planned date of August 22nd. This late date is due to the ill effects of Hurricane Irene. The MLK Memorial has come about chiefly due to the efforts of the fraternity that martin Luther King Jr. belonged to. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity while in college.

The design of the memorial is the result of a very competitive bid process.

Over 900 applicants from over 52 countries tried to win the design honor. The address for the memorial has special significance. The address is 1964 independence Ave., this street address is in reference to the 1964 Civil Rights act.

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2 years ago

Nature is an important part of the memorials’ design. The cherry trees are positioned to bloom in a particular spot, so as to cause the effect of Martin Luther King Jr. gazing upon them.