Washington D.C. has a beautiful new memorial in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is a long-overdue tribute to a great leader, whose work and words continue to inspire millions of people not just in the US but all over the world.
The monument features a 30-foot figure of Martin Luther King, hewn from granite, looking forward, apparently to symbolize that his work is not done. It also features a 450-foot-long granite wall inscribed with 14 famous King quotes.
The memorial will be dedicated on August 28, the 48th anniversary of King’s “I have a Dream” speech. This should be a very beautiful and emotional event, with President Obama delivering a speech and some 200,000 people expected to be in attendance.
I would have liked to be there but will be in Brazil at that time. So I’d like to pay my humble tribute to the man who once said “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” May he, who died for his cause, live forever in the hearts and minds of people around the world; and may this monument be a constant reminder that much more needs to be done to make his dream come true.