In Addition To MLK: Four Other DC Memorials Dedicated To Black Activists

August 25, 2011  |  

The memorial to Martin Luther King Jr is set to be officially unveiled on August 28th. As a symbol of leadership and a monumental champion of civil rights, it goes without saying that this ode to the late, great MLK was long overdue. The 3-story tall memorial sits on 4 acres and cost $250 million to build. Although this large monument will be an important one for Washington DC, it’s good to know that the nation’s capital boasts other monuments to groundbreaking African-American leaders. Here’s a few:

 

Asa Philip Randolph (1888-1979)

 

Randolph was not only the “chief organizor” of the historical March on Washington in 1963, he was also an important organizer in worker’s rights for black railroad porters.  He founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, which was a significant milestone in African-American labor organizing. Today, his monument is appropriately stationed at the Union Station where Amtrak trains depart.

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