Memorializing The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Prophet of Progress

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Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush – Senior Religion Editor for the Huffington Post – Posted 8/25/11 


 

Many would say that the Washington Mall’s recognition of the most important religious and civic figure of the 20th century is long overdue, and they would be right. But what is clear is that America needs this monument to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — right now.

The MLK Monument is meant to encourage the visitor to move, literally, from despair toward hope. The design is clearly based on the quote from King’s “I Have A Dream” speech that reads: “With this faith we will be ab