The Inscription Wall, Washington, DC.: A great monument honoring a great leader.

14 quotations and speeches from the Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King are featured inscriptions on the wall near the perimeter of the Doctor Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D.C..  The featured inscriptions “stress four primary messages of Dr. King: justice, democracy, hope and love. ”  (National Parks Service Brochure).

Speech quotations from as early as 1955, contemporary with the bus boycott in Montgomery,  Alabama, and the latest speech quotation from a sermon on March 31, 1968 at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C..  That sermon occurred four days before his assassination.

The other 12 quotations featured on other walls are not presented in chronological order.  The visitor must navigate a “defined path” in the memorial to see all of the quotations in alphabetical order.  That’s part of the adventure.

Quotations from the “I Have a Dream Speech” do not appear on the inscription wall in this memorial, because the overall theme is linked to the sentiment in the “I Have a Dream.” speech.

The young eighth-grade, Wisconsin student reads the quotation from the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.  That is why right, temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”  (December 10, 1964, Oslo, Norway).”

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This young 8th grade Wisconsin student reads a quotation from Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches on the student’s 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C..


Near the tidal Basin, neighboring the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the iInscription Wall Memorial is located at 1964 Independence Ave, Washngton, D.C.

The park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Except for the Christmas holiday.  Ranger assistance is available Saturday-Sunday 9:30A.M.-10:00 P.M..

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