James "Plunky" Branch plays the soprano saxophone in silent tribute. (Nikki Kahn/THE WASHINGTON POST)

“Prophetic drum major for justice, equality,” Whitely’s entry read. Over the next couple of days, more than 135 entries would follow:

• “He was trying to be fair,” wrote Mikayla Sterling, 7, of Herndon

• “He moved mountains syllable by syllable,” wrote Coleen Goodson, 42, of Grayslake, Ill.

“In God’s eyes, we are one,” wrote John Cleveland, 60, of Silver Spring

“Defeat racism and bigotry with love,” wrote Kathy Frierson, 55, of Virginia Beach

“Broad shoulders upon which I stand,” wrote Kyle Jones, 28, of New Orleans

We also asked for your thoughts on Twitter. The 10 best tweets are below:

Thanks to all who participated. Check out our Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication page.