The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King was a leader and an activist, he influenced American society in the 1950s and 1960s through his belief in nonviolent protests during the Civil Rights Movement with the goal of achieving constitutional and legal rights for all Americans.
II Marine Expeditionary Force Marines describe their thoughts on how Dr. King’s legacy influences their career to this day.
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a frequent dinner guest at the Cleveland home of Julia Freeman (sixth from right), grandmother of Ohio National Guard Lt. Col. Jeffrey Watkins. In this photo, believed to have been taken outside Freeman’s home in the summer or fall of 1967, King (center) is pictured with several members of Watkins’ Family and friends.
Stone of Hope – MLK Monument
The Stone of Hope, a Dr. Martin Luther King memorial, stands 30-feet tall in West Potomac Park next to the National Mall, Washington D.C. The memorial was inspired by King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and was sculpted in 2007 by Lei-Yixin from China.
King was a social activist, civil rights leader and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
I HAVE THE AUDACITY TO BELIEVE THAT PEOPLES EVERYWHERE CAN HAVE THREE MEALS A DAY FOR THEIR BODIES, EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOR THEIR MINDS, AND DIDNITY, EQUALITY, AND FREEDOM FOR THEIR SPIRTS. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A wall inscribed with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King stands in West Potomac Park next to the National Mall, Washington D.C. The quote is from Dr. King’s acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway, in 1964.
INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE. WE ARE CAUGHT IN AN INESCAPABLE NETWORK OF MUTUALITY, TIED IN A SINGLE GARMENT OF DESTINY. WHATEVER AFFECTS ONE DIRECTLY, AFFECTS ALL INDIRECTLY. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A wall inscribed with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King stands in West Potomac Park next to the National Mall, Washington D.C. The quote is from a letter King wrote in a Birmingham, Alabama, jail in April 1968.
Thank you U.S. Air Force L. Cunningham for the photos!