The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

SPECIAL REPORT | Full coverage of the unveiling and dedication of the monument.

Martin Luther King Jr. quotation to be replaced on memorial

A poorly paraphrased quotation by the Rev. Martin Luther King at his national memorial on the Tidal Basin will be replaced with the full quotation.

(Nikki Kahn)

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A joyous crowd

Washington’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opens to the public as spectators marvel at the 30-foot-tall granite statue of the slain civil rights leader.

Man behind the memorial

Harry E. Johnson Sr., who has steered the project for nine years, prepares to raise the curtain.

How the idea for the King memorial was born

A local chapter of Martin Luther King Jr.’s college fraternity thought of creating a King memorial.

For King’s children, a weighty legacy

King’s three surviving children reflect on their father’s legacy and how it has affected their lives.

Hurricane wipes out tourism boost — for now

Irene thwarts the boost in tourism dollars the memorial dedication was expected to bring, but all may not be lost.

Prayer service honors MLK

It was the culmination of a weather-shortened series of events tied to the memorial’s opening.

Alpha Phi Alpha honors King

Ceremony became week’s sole dedication ritual at the memorial to fraternity’s most illustrious brother.

King concert carries on

More empty seats than people, but the artists did their best to entertain.

NFL donates $1 million to MLK Memorial

The National Football League is donating $1 million to the new memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

King memorial dedication postponed

Hurricane Irene forces the postponement of Sunday’s dedication of the King memorial.

Obama to speak at dedication

President will address crowds gathered in Washington for formal ceremony.

Stuck between conceptual, literal

REVIEW | The memorial turns out to be a relatively modest affair. .

Maya Angelou objects to quote inscription

Renowned poet Maya Angelou takes issue with an inscription on the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington.

Timeline: Start to finish

The memorial’s milestones, from a fraternity’s dining table to the unveiling in Washington.

Civil Rights, Then and Now

Vivid memories of 1963 March on Washington

Those who were there for the event sensed that they were part of history in the making, and the feeling lingers among living witnesses of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

When cars meant freedom

ESSAY | In 1950s New Orleans, a vehicle provided a reprieve, even if temporary, from the burdens of Jim Crow.

A new generation learns MLK’s history

What children now know about the civil rights leader.

The legacy of MLK’s civil rightscrusade

Graduates of Pine Forge Academy, a boarding school for black youths, reunite and remember King’s dream.

Martin Luther King Jr., the advice columnist

Between 1957 and 1958, black-owned Ebony magazine published a King-penned series called “Advice for Living.”

Checking a nation’s moral balance

What is largely forgotten is that Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Dream” speech used the metaphor of a bad check.

The march’s female voice

Joining Martin Luther King Jr. onstage was one speaker who flew in from France: Josephine Baker.

MLK’s message resonates worldwide

Around the globe, Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of nonviolent resistance is still used by liberation leaders.

Rustin’s place in history

The March on Washington organizer pulled off one of the most crucial moments of the civil rights movement.

Paschal’s, a civil rights landmark, is now in tatters

The landmark Paschal’s Motor Hotel and Restaurant, which hosted icons of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, has lost its luster.

MLK movies in the works

Hollywood efforts to capture the life of the civil rights leader may finally be coming together.

Black history sites around D.C.

The area has numerous sites that reflect the history of African Americans.

A piece of civil rights history

Museum housed in the Memphis motel where King was killed marks 20th anniversary.

Memories of MLK

Multimedia: Civil rights leaders, including John Lewis, Juanita Abernathy and Jesse Jackson, remember Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington.

The Dedication Ceremony

Full Text: Obama’s speech

A complete transcript of the president’s remarks at the dedication.

Quotes to remember

The most memorable lines from speeches delivered during the dedication.

Thousands celebrate King’s legacy

Young and old throng Mall for the dedication of the memorial.

Dellums to be announcer

Actor who will be announcer for dedication ceremony has made waves with blog about frustrations with Obama.

Obama, stars, sunshine set for Sunday

President will headline parade of famous speakers and performers at the dedication, which was delayed by a hurricane.

Mark Plotkin grades Vincent Gray’s MLK remarks

The right words at the wrong time, says the WTOP political commentator.

Your Take

MLK: His dream in six words

Readers summed up King’s legacy as part of our #MLKin6 experiment with SMITH Mag.

Quiz: How well do you know King?

Test your knowledge of the civil rights movement hero.

Share your photos

Upload your pictures of the MLK Memorial here, or tweet them with the hashtag #MLKphotos and we’ll add them in.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Who should play him in a movie?

Here are six options for your consideration.

On Leadership

Perversion of King’s dream

Martin Davidson: Pretending that differences don’t matter is not the same as having differences no longer matter.

View from the mountain top

Donna Brazile: King saw a nation where the vulnerable, the innocent and the oppressed still struggled for basic justice.

The reminder America needs

Robert M. Franklin: His words are etched in the granite, he can never be silenced.

Photos

The MLK Memorial dedication

Thousands turned out for the dedication.

MLK: The man, the movement

The life and death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Marches for jobs and D.C. voting rights

Demonstrations both local and national in scope combine on the Mall.

National prayer service honors King

Diversity infused an interfaith prayer service honoring MLK.

Unveiling a memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is opened to the public today.

Completing the memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr Memorial under construction.

MLK Jr.’s children grapple with his legacy

King’s children have weathered family turmoil since his death.

Civil rights history on display at Memphis museum

The museum, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, is housed in the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.

The march’s forgotten man

Bayard Rustin was seen as the only activist capable of pulling off the March on Washington.

MLK Memorial Video

Obama speaks at MLK memorial dedication

Obama speaks at MLK memorial dedication

President Barack Obama spoke at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial dedication on Sunday. He said King's work is not yet finished. (Oct. 16)
Sharpton: 'We must continue to fight for justice today'

Sharpton: 'We must continue to fight for justice today'

Rev. Al Sharpton said that the fight for justice is not over at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial dedication. Sharpton also voiced his support for President Barack Obama's jobs plan. (Oct. 16)
Lewis, Young, Lowery address MLK memorial dedication crowd

Lewis, Young, Lowery address MLK memorial dedication crowd

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young and Rev. Joseph Lowery addressed the crowd about Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy at the memorial dedication on Sunday. (Oct. 16)
Jackson tells Occupy protesters to remain nonviolent

Jackson tells Occupy protesters to remain nonviolent

Rev. Jesse Jackson addressed the Occupy Wall Street movement at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication on Sunday. Like civil rights protests, he told Occupy protesters to remain nonviolent. (Oct. 16)
King's sister, children speak at memorial dedication

King's sister, children speak at memorial dedication

Martin Luther King Jr.'s sister Christine King Farris and two of his four children, Bernice King and Martin Luther King III, spoke at the dedication for the memorial on Sunday. (Oct. 16)
Al Sharpton leads rally for jobs, justice

Al Sharpton leads rally for jobs, justice

Rev. Al Sharpton organized a March on Washington for Jobs and Justice on the National Mall on Saturday. Occupy DC protesters also joined the event as they headed toward the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. (Oct. 15)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial unveiled

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial unveiled

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is revealed to members of the press before opening to the public. The design is derived from part of King's famous "I have a dream" speech when he said, "With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope." The memorial sits by the tidal basin between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials.
MLK Jr.'s fraternity holds private ceremony at memorial

MLK Jr.'s fraternity holds private ceremony at memorial

Alpha Phi Alpha is Martin Luther King Jr.'s fraternity and the oldest Greek-letter fraternity for African Americans in the country. The organization conceived and pushed for the King memorial. Friday, thousands of "Alphas," clad in their colors of black and gold, gathered at the memorial for a private tribute to King.
MLK Memorial dedication postponed

MLK Memorial dedication postponed

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Harry Johnson, Sr., president of the MLK Memorial Foundation, discuss the decision to postpone the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial due to the potential storms caused by Hurricane Irene.
Bernice King encourages unity, common goals

Bernice King encourages unity, common goals

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter, Bernice King, speaks to The Post's Hamil Harris about bringing people together to improve the future of the United States.
Timelapse: Martin Luther King Memorial lights up

Timelapse: Martin Luther King Memorial lights up

Watch in 36 seconds what normally takes one and a half hours.
Head lowered on to MLK monument

Head lowered on to MLK monument

The most recognizable piece of the new Martin Luther King Jr. monument--the head--was placed atop the statue of the civil rights leader, in between the National Mall and the Tidal Basin on Wednesday, November 24.

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 15: during a rally on the National Mall October 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. Activists gathered for the annual rally to celebrate the American Civil Rights Movement and rally for equal employment. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

D.C. activists march for jobs

“Jobs and Justice” rally draws several thousand protesters in prelude to MLK Memorial dedication.