The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is part of National Mall and Memorial Parks. The official address of the monument is 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W. and commemorates the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law. The memorial was created by sculptor Lei Yixin and opened to the public on August 22, 2011, after more than 20 years of planning, fund-raising and construction.
I was pressed for time as I had a meeting with the United Nations Foundationto help them with their social media and word of mouth outreach and wanted to see the memorial. It was my first trip to Washington DC as well. Enroute to the hotel we asked the cab driver if he could stop at a couple of landmarks. He agreed and we trusted him with all our luggage, electronic equipment and purses to jump in an out of the cab to take photos of Washington DC and had enough time for outfit changes before the meeting. How crazy is this! Always a fun & memorable adventure.
Best time to visit the memorial:
The memorial is beautiful all year long and stands out at the tidal basin during the Cherry Blossom Festival.