Modern Cultural Artifact

Modern Cultural Artifact

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C
Donna M. Gerron
American InterContinental University

Abstract
It was a very hard decision deciding on which artifact to write about. It was a choice between the   King Center in Atlanta Georgia and the King Memorial in Washington. The King Center has a wealth of information about Dr. King and his fight for nonviolent solutions for African Americans to be considered equal among all men. This paper is about the newest addition to the King legacy, King Memorial Monument in Washington D.C.  

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C
For this week’s IP we were to write about a modern day cultural artifact that best represents the culture we live in today. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a brilliant man who stood up to fight for equality for African Americans in this country.  

Cultural Background
Most people are already aware of who Dr. King was and what he stood for. His legacy will forever affect our society. Because without him we would not have an African American president, Blacks will probably still be treated as though they are second class citizens. Dr. King arranged marches, boycotts, and sit-ins. Even though he and his followers were often met with violence he continued to not lift a finger in anger towards anyone. Unfortunately some people still do think they was they did in the 60’s because they were taught that way of thinking by their parents or grandparents. Dr. King paved the way for Blacks to have the rights and freedoms of other men and he lost his life fighting for what he believed in.

Making of a Memorial
Dr. King was first recognized by the making of his birthday a legal holiday to be celebrated throughout the country. This was started by Rep. John Conyers and was proposed in every legislative session from 1968 until 1983 when it was made a bill. The first legal holiday representing his birthday did not occur until January 20, 1986. In January 1984 four brothers...

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