Jermaine’s commitment to public scholarship leads him to create work products from his research that can be read, understood, evaluated, and debated in the public sphere. The projects below represent this commitment.
Contextualizing the National Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC
One of the more disappointing aspects of the National King Memorial is the way it obscures the historical context of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, rendering King a nice motivational speaker. The memorial does not properly cite King’s quotes on the Inscription Wall, only providing the year and the state or nation of quotes from speeches and the year of quotes from a publication. This minimalist approach assumes the visitor already knows a great deal about King and his life or is well equipped to find the sources themselves, if so inclined. These are bad assumptions. This project contextualizes Dr. King’s quotes on the Inscription Wall of the National King Memorial, enabling the public to more easily discover the sources, background, and context for his words. Click here for more.