Honor Dr. King's Legacy with a Capital Region Visit

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a visit to the Capital region.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the embodiment of the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968, and his history in the Capital region is legendary. After all, the 1963 March on Washington drew more than 200,000 people to the National Mall for King’s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, emphasizing his belief that someday all men could be brothers. Each January, the nation pauses to celebrate King’s life and work. Stay in Arlington for a convenient and value-friendly way to visit the Capital region to honor King’s legacy and experience events and locations where the civil rights leader created history.

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This amazing monument wasn’t in place yet when I moved away from DC in 2007 but I make a point to visit every time I go back. A few weeks ago, it was for the Marine Corps Marathon and a friend who was volunteering with Ainsley’s Angels. The MLK monument stands for the best our country has to offer and reminds me that we are stronger than the sad angry people who want to tear us apart. #yesarlington. * * * * * * * #phoenixaz #scottsdale #scottsdalewedding #scottsdalenights #scottsdalephotographer #scottsdalemoms #phoenixmom #sweet16 #ashevillenc #jennakutchercourse #professionalwomen #emptynesters #instagramwithintention #tplinsiders #kindnessmatters #kindnessisfree #supportyourfriends #teameric #ainsleysangels #mcm #oohah #marinecorps #marinecorpsmarathon #washingtondc

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Of course, the first place to start is the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall. Located in West Potomac Park off Independence Ave near the western side of the Tidal Basin, it’s easiest to reach the memorial from Arlington by taking the Metro (Orange/Blue/Silver lines) to the Smithsonian stop. The memorial itself covers four acres and includes the Stone of Hope, a granite statue of the civil rights movement leader carved by sculptor Lei Yixin.

Plan your visit to get advance tickets to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The 400,000 square-foot museum is designed to tell the complex story of perseverance and achievement of African Americans.

Author: Cara O'Donnell

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