January 19, 2009

We Shall Overcome

Jon and I went to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change in Atlanta back in 1997. This is Dr. King's final resting place. (I cut myself out of the picture; there's usually water surrounding the gravesite but it was dry on the day of our visit.)
This is the "Behold" monument, inspired by the ancient African ritual of raising a newborn to the heavens as the following words are recited: "Behold the only thing greater than yourself."

An exhibit commemorating the 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama to the Montgomery state capitol. To this day I haven't forgotten a quote from a woman marcher: "My feet are tired, but my soul is rested."
The lobby of The King Center. There are exhibits on Dr. King, Coretta Scott-King and of course, Mahatma Gandhi.


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