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Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 08/23/2011

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy: Tell us in six words

(Marvin Joseph - The WASHINGTON POST)
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which opened to the public Monday, will preserve the likeness of the civil rights leader in a massive 30-foot granite sculpture. And with his penchant for soaring oratory , the man was never at a loss for words.

But to get to the heart of his legacy, think smaller.

(Nikki Kahn)
In partnership with SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir Project, we’re looking to sum up King’s life and work in just six words. Share your succinct take on what he means to you — and to history — here, or Tweet it to PostLocal by using the hashtag #MLKin6 . (Note: If you don’t use Twitter, you can tell us by filling out this form:)

Be smart. Be clever. Be funny. Be serious. And as events in D.C. lead up to the dedication ceremony for the MLK memorial, we’ll share the best six-word reflections in print and online:


Share your photos: #MLKPHOTOS

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A tribute to one man moves many

If you won’t be able to visit the monument in person, this interactive graphic and the video below should give you a good view of Washington’s newest monument:

By Amanda McGrath and  |  09:56 AM ET, 08/23/2011

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