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“"Out of a mountain of despair A stone of hope"”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
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Half-day Washington DC Sightseeing Tour by Coach
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Kingstown, Saint George, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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“"Out of a mountain of despair A stone of hope"”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Martin luther King Jr National Memorial is a must see in Washington DC.
From the long walkway where many of Dr. King's famous words are inscribed on stone to the actual monument one experiences awe and inspiration that such profound words can flow from one living under such desperate conditions!
The inscription on stone is apt ,depicting the lasting ,enduring , permanence of Dr King's words.

The actual monument is powerful: very tall slabs of stone from which the center piece emerges with the very life like sculpture of Dr King. The words "out of a mountain of despair a stone of hope" are engraved on the stone mountain behind the center piece with Dr King's image.
It's meant to be rustic and overpowering suggesting the extraordinary obstacles Dr Martin Luther King surmounted to live his dream which is still being fulfilled in America today!
It is worth the effort to view the monument.

Visited May 2014
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“A little underwhelming”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

This was a nice memorial, but I thought it was a little underwhelming considering how much he did for the United States and society. I often times hear people from certain states saying things like "Martin Luther King didn't do anything for people of my state..." and I can't begin to think how their ignorance is blocking them from seeing the great things this man did for humankind. It's a nice memorial but a bit underwhelming or so I thought.

Visited June 2014
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“Fabulous monument”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

We visited many of the monuments during our visit to Washington DC and we both agreed that this was our favourite monument. There is a bit of a walk to get to this monument from the other monuments but it was well worth it. The statue of Martin Luther King comes out of a stone bearing the inscription "out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope". The statue of Martin Luther King looks out on to the lake in the direction of the Thomas Jefferson memorial. We found the memorial to be truly breathtaking and it really does remind you of the impact that Martin Luther King had on society as it is today

Visited May 2014
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“Kitschy King”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

The words that are inscribed scattered hither and thither around the enormous site might be deigned to be inspiring. The statue of King emerging from its chrysalis rock is crude. While doing nothing to enhance the elegance of the other memorials and buildings that surround it, it looks as though it might have been made in China. That's a funny thing now because apparently a lot of the structure was made there. It would be ironic to speculate as to whether the Chinese used the equivalent of slave or convict labour to construct whatever parts of the total tribute it was they constructed. By George, it does remind one so of a Rockrising!
No visit to Washington DC would be complete without a visit to this memorial if only to see how one construction can detract from the beauty of an overall landscape. You could whizz by pretty quickly too. Before heading out of town on Routes 66, 81 and 40 - destination Little Rock.

Visited May 2014
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“Amazing tribute to an amazing leader.”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Amazing monument that was a long time coming. Dr. Kings amazing and powerful legacy will always stand the test of time. I wish they would have put his full quote that was on the side of the monument up on a separate stone plaque near the memorial. It's a really great quote and also a great memorial to visit.

Visited May 2014
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