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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

18 January 2016

Once again, we're celebrating the holiday today with this image from 2006 of the Martin Luther King Memorial in Yerba Buena Center.

King Memorial. Nikon Coolpix S6 at f3.0, 1/4 second and ISO 50.

The (barely visible) quote in gold type engraved on the wall in the back is from a speech he gave here in 1956:

I believe that the day will come when all God's children from bass black to treble white will be significant on the constitution's keyboard.

That quote is just one of several at the Sierra granite memorial, each of which is translated into the language of one of San Francisco's 13 international sister cities, as well as African and Arabic dialects.

Sculptor Houston Conwill created the memorial, called Revelations, with the poet Estalla Conwill Majoza and architect Joseph De Pace. It's a waterfall 20 feet high and 50 feet wide with a reflecting pool above, a floating bridge and access behind the falls where you can read King's quotes and view large panels of photographic images of civil rights marches etched in glass.

As for our little image (ISO 50? Well, once upon a time...), we are not going to apologize for repeating it year after year. We don't repeat other holiday images, that's true.

But this one bears repeating to suggest we haven't moved very far from where we have been, as recent events once again demonstrate.

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