After my jaunt to the National Building Museum, I went over to the MLK Library. Hadn't been inside there since senior year of high school. I am going to use that as a perfect segue to the MLK Memorial, which I visited a few weeks back.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.
I know there was a bit of controversy over the MLK Memorial for the "socialist realism," but I think that critique was a bit overhyped. I have seen plenty of socialist realism statues in China, Vietnam, Central and Eastern Europe and other places and this really doesn't feel like comrade architecture unless you want to nitpick. I really liked the statue and thought it gave an interesting perspective of MLK that was unique from other statues around this city of monuments. I also liked the way he was coming out of the stone mountain, I thought it was an interesting rendering that got bonus points for originality.
The location of the memorial is also nice. I was there on a steely-grey day, and the backdrop of the tidal pool and Jefferson memorial made for great scenery.
I oppose the war in Vietnam because I love America.
I also thought the crescent of quotes was a nice touch. There were some very moving quotes from Dr. King, but that brings us to the other controversy: the paraphrased quote. That I will accept as a legit concern. Given that the memorial has a number of direct quotes from the good Reverend, it is not proper to have a paraphrased quote on the actual statue because it leads the audience to think it was actually something he said. Those behind the memorial did a great job on the whole, but should have known better on this count. Prof. Rockower will deduct points and bestow an A- on the endeavor.