One Life: Martin Luther King Jr. at National Portrait Gallery
Delve into Dr. King’s life as a minister, orator and family figure—along with his role as a civil rights hero—at the National Portrait Gallery with this exhibition. Unveiled in late June, the exhibit comes just in time for the half-centennial of the March on Washington.
“A Day Like No Other” at Library of Congress (Begins Aug. 28)
On the day of the official 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the Library of Congress will begin showing its exhibit entitled, “A Day Like No Other.” The exhibit contains 42 black-and-white images from the 1963 March on Washington and is free and open to the public Monday to Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s
Open since June, African American artist Faith Ringold’s exhibit at the National Museum of Women is inspired by the feminist and civil rights movements in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The exhibition features 45 works, including the Black Light paintings, which draw from African art.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
He famously made his “I Have a Dream” speech on the National Mall and now Dr. King is forever enshrined just steps from the Lincoln Memorial at this newest addition to the Mall. The memorial features a 30-foot-tall statue of Dr. King along with powerful quotes from the civil rights leader about freedom, justice and peace.
Note the plaque on the steps of the memorial, which marks the exact spot where Dr. King stood when giving his “I Have a Dream” speech. Honoring the 16th president who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the memorial is a symbol of freedom for all.