Tamara and I had the opportunity to visit the White House a week ago for an Easter Prayer Breakfast hosted by the President.
While in DC, we had the chance to visit the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
If you haven’t been there yet, it’s quite an experience. The monument is rather large – certainly as big, if not bigger, than the Vietnam Veterans Memorial – and sits right on the edge of the Tidal Basin on the Northeast side of the Potomac and across from the Jefferson Memorial.
The King Memorial is a sculpture of King emerging from a rock, two halves of a mountain behind and flanked on both sides by extended walls bearing quotes from MLK over the years.
The whole memorial is quite impressive and makes one think hard about the plight of African-Americans and the contribution King (and many other civil rights leaders) had in shaping the fabric of our country.
The quotes, as well, made me think deeply about the ongoing story of justice, injustice and race in America. Each one of them could give rise to a whole lecture or even college course.
Here is a picture of one of my favorites – a short concise statement on justice.