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Seattle in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park
ó The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. ó
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park Marker
 
Inscription.
This park honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. was inspired by Dr. Kingís last speech entitled “Iíve Been to the Mountaintop.” He delivered the speech in Memphis, Tennessee the night before he was assassinated. He was there in support of striking sanitation workers. Dr. Kingís legacy embodied in this memorial will give everyone regardless of racial or ethnic background an opportunity to remember him personally and to reflect on his teachings. Our children and their children will always be reminded of the need to eliminate poverty and racism.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee has dedicated this memorial park to the slain civil rights leader so that Dr. Kingís dream for us all will never die. Through this effort, it is the hope to bring together the communities of the greater Puget Sound area, the State of Washington, and the nation in a tribute to this great American who lived in a manner to benefit each of us.

Nationally known Seattle sculptor Robert W. Kelly was commissioned to create a structure that would be the centerpiece of the memorial. Kelly conceived the idea of a symbolic mountain, difficult and perilous to climb, yet interspersed with plateaus of rest and reflection.

The shape of the memorial was inspired by African sculptural form. Three elements create a vertical assent
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, symbolic "mountain" sculpture by Robert W. Kelly Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
2. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, symbolic "mountain" sculpture by Robert W. Kelly
- note Memorial Park marker panels on hillside in background.
 
symbolizing the union of the family and the Trinity. The black granite used is from Zimbabwe, in southern Africa. Stainless steel banding provides strength and inextricable bonding of the three contiguous elements. Falling water emanating from the top of the structure provides visual and auditory emphasis of the life force which flows from Dr. Kingís vision.

Robert Kelly died in an accident in April 1989. His vision for the project has become a reality, thanks to the devotion to its completion by the committee. Bobís dedication as an educator and sculptor and his passion for life inspired others. May his commemoration of Dr. Kingís life encourage each of us to achieve Dr. Kingís dream of eliminating war, racism and poverty and achieving justice for all people.

Dedicated November 18, 1991.
 
Erected 1991 by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Markers Attached to Sculpture, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. marker series.
 
Location. 47° 34.975′ N, 122° 17.82′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker can be reached from Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S. south of S. Walker Street. Click for map. Marker is east of the memorial sculpture in the MLK, Jr. Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, S, Seattle WA 98144, United States of America.
 
The logo for King County, WA. image, Click for more information
By Kingcounty.gov
3. The logo for King County, WA.
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chinese American Soldiers Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Union Station (approx. 1.8 miles away); King Street Station (approx. 1.9 miles away); Great Northern Tunnel (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Goldsmith Building (approx. 1.9 miles away); The White Chapel District (approx. 2 miles away); Lou Grahamís Sporting House (approx. 2 miles away); UPS - Celebrating 100 years of Service (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Seattle.
 
Also see . . .
1. King County, WA: namesake and logo update. (Submitted on September 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. MLK's visit to Seattle, 1961. (Submitted on September 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - January 15, 1929 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
4. Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - January 15, 1929
 
 
The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1953 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
5. The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1953
 
 
The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1960 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
6. The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1960
 
 
The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1963 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
7. The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1963
 
 
The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1964 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
8. The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1964
 
 
The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1965 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
9. The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1965
 
 
The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1966 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
10. The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1966
 
 
The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1967 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
11. The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1967
 
 
The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1983 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
12. The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1983
 
 
The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1968 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
13. The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1968
 
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park Marker and adjacent panels Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
14. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park Marker and adjacent panels
acknowledging the memorial committee and contributors.
 
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
15. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park
view from park marker panels westward, toward Martin Luther King Jr. Way (formerly Empire Way).
 
 
The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
16. The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, lower tier promenade Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
17. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, lower tier promenade
- note the vertical panels with the Reverend King's words around the retaining wall and the horizontal panels re: "The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr." on the parapet surrounding the centerpiece sculpture fountain.
 
 
From the Reverend Dr. King's "mountain top" speech in Memphis, 1968 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, September 11, 2009
18. From the Reverend Dr. King's "mountain top" speech in Memphis, 1968
- the memorial's theme panel, 1991.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,673 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. submitted on September 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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