The 30 feet tall Martin Luther King, Jr. statue that will be showcased at the MLK Jr., National Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28th – the anniversary of his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Martin Luther King ‘Stone of Hope’ sculpture of King was created by Chinese artist Lei Yixin. The sculpture is located on a four-acre corner of the National Mall, on the banks of the Potomac River between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Martin Luther King is the only non-president and African American to have a memorial built on the National Mall in Washington D.C. President Barack Obama will officially dedicate the statue on August 28, marking the anniversary of the Dream speech delivered from the steps of the nearby Lincoln Memorial.
The 30′ tall The centerpiece of the Martin Luther King Memorial will be the “Stone of Hope”, a 30-foot statue of Dr. King, with a wall that will be inscribed with excerpts of his sermons and public addresses.
Master Sculptor Lei Yixin and Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, stand at the base of the 30-feet-tall sculpture at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial the morning it was opened to the public for the first time on the National Mall August 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. Lei Yixin and his team assembled and carved 159 granite blocks to creat the memorials Mountain of Despair and Stone of Hope, which features the American civil rights pioneer gazing into the horizon. The memorial will be dedicated on August 28, the 48th anniversary of Kings historic I Have A Dream speech. Getty Images
Engraved on one side of the statue are the words “OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN OF DESPAIR: A STONE OF HOPE.”
Chinese Master Sculptor, Lei Yixin, created ‘the three-piece monument depicts the civil rights leader stading, arms crossed, before a large and imposing mountain representing the leader’s hard-fought struggle.
“Dr King’s vision is still living, in our minds. We still miss him, we still need him,” Yixin said through a translator.
“I am trying to present Dr King as ready to step out – this is King’s spirit, to judge people from their character, not race, colour or background.”
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Change to MLK Statue
‘At the request of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, sculptor Lei Yixin altered Martin Luther King Jr.’s facial expression to make it less severe. The before and after pictures suggest that he opened up the eyes, de-furrowed the brows, relaxed the cheek muscles and massaged the lips in the direction of a vague smile‘ – AJ Constitution
“The official dedication will occur on Sunday, August 28, 2011, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic I Have A Dream speech, beginning with a pre-dedication concert at 10 a.m. The dedication ceremony will commence at 11 a.m. and a post-dedication concert will follow beginning at 2 p.m.
To learn more about dedication plans, including events that will take place earlier in Dedication Week, please visit dedicatethedream. The site will be updated frequently as Dedication planning progresses and offer the latest available information. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation is currently collecting personal stories about how Dr. King affected the lives of Americans and people around the world. All are invited to submit memories of working alongside Dr. King, participating in the March on Washington, and more by visiting Dedicatethedream”
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