Contextualizing the National King Memorial

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 merely 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 obtained from speeches and the year of quotes obtained 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 media 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 on any image below to view the entire gallery.


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