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Modern Cultural Artifact Essay

763 words - 4 pages

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C
Donna M. Gerron
American InterContinental University

It was a very hard decision deciding on which artifact to write about. It was a choice between the King Center in Atlanta Georgia and the King Memorial in Washington. The King Center has a wealth of information about Dr. King and his fight for nonviolent solutions for African Americans to be considered equal among all men. This paper is about the newest addition to the King legacy, King Memorial Monument in Washington D.C.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C
For this week’s IP we were to write about a modern day cultural artifact that best represents ...view middle of the document...

In January 1984 four brothers Alfred Bailey, Oscar Little, Eddie Madison and John Harvey of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity proposed building a national memorial to Dr. King and it was presented at the Fraternity’s Board of Director’s meeting under the administration of General President Ozell Sutton. In 1996 President Clinton signs legislation proposing the establishment of a memorial in the District of Columbia to honor Dr. King. Planning for the monument slowly progressed over the years until it became a reality.

King Memorial Monument
Dr. King is well known as an eloquent speaker and for his speeches such as his “Have a Dream” speech. His speeches and sermons touched the lives, heart and spirit of those who were fortunate to hear him. The monument in sits on a 4 acre site in the National Mall near the Roosevelt memorial, the address of the memorial is 1964 Independence Ave, SW Washington, DC 20024. The street number is in reference to the Civil Right’s Act of 1964 which is pretty cool because Dr. King place a large role in the act being put into place.
Inscribed on the memorial there are quotes from some of Dr. King’s speeches, one inscription says: "There are two types of laws: there are just laws and there...

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