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The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation was established to commemorate the life and work of Dr. King. He was a true champion of the human rights and a compassionate humanitarian, who used non-violent methods to spread messages of democracy, justice, and hope. Creating a Memorial honoring his life and legacy is a way to remember and celebrate Dr. King’s vision for the world.

Although the Ceremonial Groundbreaking took place in November 2006, the history and significance behind this extraordinary Memorial is quite extensive, encompassing events that date back to 1929, the year of Dr. King’s birth.

Here are a few highlights from the timeline of History of the Memorial:

  • January 15, 1929
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (originally named Michael King) is born in Atlanta, GA.
  • May 17, 1954
    The United States Supreme Court rules unanimously that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional in Brown vs. the Board of Education, stating that “separate can never be equal.”
  • December 20, 1956
    Buses in Montgomery are integrated after federal injunctions are issued against many city and bus company officials. In the months before integration of buses occurs, the United States Supreme Court upholds an earlier ruling that declares mandatory bus segregation laws unconstitutional.
  • March – April, 1962
    Dr. King is arrested during a demonstration in Birmingham. On April 16, he writes his famous “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” in which he describes the motivation and defends the need for nonviolent, direct action.
  • August 28, 1963
    At the historic March on Washington, the first large integrated protest march, Dr. King delivers his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall in Washington, DC.
  • December 10, 1964
    Dr. King accepts the Nobel Prize for Peace in Oslo, Norway.
  • April 4, 1968
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • November 12, 1996
    President Clinton signs Congressional legislation proposing the establishment of a Memorial in the District of Columbia to honor Dr. King.
  • December 1, 2005
    National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) Unanimously Approves Preliminary Design for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

To see the complete timeline of the Memorial, click here.

As you can see from the history of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, the need for such a memorial is long overdue.

We are extremely fortunate to be living in an era in which we will see the construction and completion of this historic Memorial. The goal in building the Memorial is not only to remember and honor his message, but more importantly, to carry out Dr. King’s incredible work.

Interested in learning more about the history of the Memorial? Visit to learn about the culmination of historic events that lead to the conception and creation of the Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

I am a woman, who has male friends. I am heterosexual, but I have gay and lesbian friends. I am an American, who has friends in other nations. I love my country, but I want it to change for the better.

I have light skin, but some of my friends have dark skin. My ancestors are from Europe, but I have friends whose ancestors are not.

I am a Democrat, but I have Republican, independent, and Libertarian friends. I think global warming is a threat but have friends who think Al Gore is making a political statement. I’m a pacifist, but I have friends who support the war.

I am a Christian, but I have friends who are Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, agnostic, and atheist. I am a Protestant, but I have Catholic and Orthodox friends and have worshipped with them in their churches.

I have been called by God to a ministry of reconciliation, fighting racism, poverty, and war, but I don’t question others who have a different emphasis to their ministries and/or gifts.

I have a master’s degree, and I have friends who have PhDs and ones who dropped out of high school. I write poetry, but I like people who don’t “get it” and don’t want to.

I’m a NASCAR fan, but I like people who hate it. I like Tony Stewart, but I like people who pull for other drivers, even ones I don’t like.

I try to be a “peacemaker,” but I’m not afraid of confrontation. And I don’t like it, when others insult my friends because they are not like them.

Let me explain.

My goal is to stand before God and hear, “well done,” not to fit into a system that favors some people over others, while pretending not to. The Bible says Jesus died to save US ALL. And while “God is no respecter of persons,” concerning sinners, “I am chief.”

I have stopped calling people names due to certain sins. I try to get along.


Here We Are is the title of this lovely piece of art, created by Tomas Karkalas and reproduced here with his permission. And, indeed, here we are.

This picture and many others, including a fabulous slide show, are avalable on Tomas’ blog Captain’s Bridge. Also, on the blog, is Tomas’ challenge: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV).



Tomas Karkalas, a Lithuanian artist, had a head a trauma in 1974. His head bones were broken, and he “walked on the edge of the death.” Then a miracle occurred, and Tomas returned to life without any outward signs of a disability…

Now Tomas himself works with patients at the Klaipėda psychiatric hospital in his native country. There, art therapy is infused with love. See some pictures by the residents of the hospital on Tomas’ bog Modus Vivendi. On this blog, Tomas quotes Helen Keller,” The greatest tragedy in life is people with sight but no vision.”

Tomas is surrounded by the incredible love and support of his family. And while he is able to work, he lacks the means to support himself. Yet he says that “love is spiritual feature. All I do I do on totally voluntary basis and all I earn is lovely feedbacks but not a penny… No, I am not complaining- I am incredibly rich: I have a computer and can try to express myself in English while most of my destiny brothers can just dream about that. I feel myself so confused—while talking about spirituality, about love and light I am brave enough, but it is so hard to beg for myself…”

Our Tongue Is a Weathercock For Our Loneliness



Other pictures can be seen on Candleday, a blog dedicated to “digital art and self comprehension,” and in his Artwork Gallery.

Tomas pictures are for sale and can be purcahsed by contacting him by e-mail at

Profits will be used to buy art supplies.

Oh, BTW, while editing this post, I just turned over 50,000 hits. 🙂







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