Monday 26 April 2010

Martin Luther King

Washington DC is a city of monuments - to ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things - and to some of the giants of world history. It is hoped that a new memorial can be built to both honour, and educate new generations about, Dr Martin Luther King. The site would be on the National Mall, on the tidal basin across from the Jefferson Memorial - dedicated to the man who wrote the words of the Declaration of Independence "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Dr Martin Luther King worked to apply those words to all people.

I had the privilege during our holiday in Georgia to visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church and The King Center in Atlanta. Both the man, and the principles he stood for are inspiring. I hope the monument can be built in Washington. The trust which is seeking to raise the funds has prepared a video showing what it should look like.

President Obama has spoken about the role Dr King played -

Further details of the Memorial - and how you can help to achieve the dream of a permanent memorial on the Mall - can be found at http://mlkmemorialnews.org/

Further information on donating to this project is available here