Memorials to history: a stone of hope

I took these pictures the last time I was in DC, for a wedding at the end of 2015. The wet, late afternoon light was pretty boring (to my eyes at least), so I added some Photos filters. The bluish one used on the first shot (“Process”) best matches the feeling in my memory.

The MLK monument, under construction when I lived there years ago, is a striking experience. To enter the monument, you walk through a broken boulder towards a statute of Dr. King, sliding through the opening, stamped with this quote from I Have a Dream:

“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

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The granite pavilion around him is wrapped with his words inspiring peace:

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The quotes above and below were taken from his remarks at the Anti-War conference in Los Angeles:

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From his book Strength to Love, a collection of his popular homilies:

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From his speech Our God is Marching On (How Long, Not Long), delivered upon arriving in Selma from Montgomery:

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