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“Awe Struck”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
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Washington DC National Mall Evening Walking Tour
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Awe Struck”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

My favorite memorial used to be FDR's, now it's FDR's neighbor. The Dr King memorial is simple awesome. Not the new meaning for awesome, but awesome as in old school. The design has such a presence that I found myself simply standing there reflecting on how life would have been without Dr. King input. Go in the morning or evening to avoid large crowds. It's worth going early when the noise level is low. Great design; don't overlook the speech excepts. Take the time to read them. When you leave the memorial....don't forget to walk over to FDR's!!!

Visited August 2013
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“A stone of hope -”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

Look into the face of MLK Jr and ponder "What would you think today?' A memorial set in parkland overlooking the Potomac River, it is a splendid way to commemorate the life of this man. The memorial is unlike any other building in DC - no columns, no buildings, no souvenir shops - just the opportunity to appreciate the man's ideals and what he stood for and that is not a bad thing. Out of the Mountain of Despair - A Stone of Hope is brilliantly portrayed.

Visited October 2013
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Long Island, NY
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“Better than I expected”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

When I first saw photos of this monument in newspapers, I was not impressed. It looked so much like those Stalinesque statues from the Soviet era. But in person, it was another story. Maybe it helped that I was there at dusk on Martin Luther King Day, but I was truly impressed. Given the holiday there was quite a crowd there, and the visitors were capturing great photos of themselves and their families in front of the statue. The whole area surrounding the statue itself is moving, with inspirational quotes carved into the walls. The various war memorials and the Lincoln Monument are nearby. Don't miss.

Visited January 2014
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“New Kid on the Block!”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

This is a new monument and its definitely worth seeing. Its best to go at night when its lit up. If you go with the Big Bus Night tour, they give you all the history and significance behind it. They've also put a plaque at the Lincoln memorial where he stood when he delivered his "I have a dream" speech.

Visited December 2013
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“Moving, educational, inspirational!”
Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

This memorializes the man and his times. Challenging times when one is identified by skin color. The limitations placed on a people labeled second class.
A terrible game to play.
Unacceptable and shameful.
A bumper sticker on a New York bus "if you want to play God be prepared to pay the price ".
Evil begets evil, then good should beget good.
This memorial stirs that, in one, that truth rings forth from this man.

Visited January 2014
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