The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial stands between the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, in Washington, D.C. According to Washington.org, “The 30-foot statue of Dr. King featuring his likeness carved into the Stone of Hope, which emerges powerfully from two large boulders, known as the Mountain of Despair. Together, they represent soul-stirring words from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech”.
The steps to honor Dr. King began shortly after his assassination April 4, 1968, but it wasn’t until 1983 when then President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, made Dr. King’s birthday a national holiday. Most states adopted the day immediately, some did not. New Hampshire was the last to adopt the holiday in 1999. Today it is a Federal Holiday, and many offices also choose to close their doors, to remember this great man.