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Brooklyn Could Use a Memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King

By January 17, 2014

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Last year around this time, set out to do a little "2013 MLK Walking Tour in Brooklyn" and came up nearly empty-handed.

See: What's Named After Martin Luther King in Brooklyn? Not that much.

So, here's a proposal, Brooklyn: Maybe it's time to start planning for a new memorial to Dr. King. It could be erected on the 50th anniversary of his I Have a Dream speech in Washington, D.C., delivered in 1965, three years before his assassination.  Why that speech? Not only because it is so famous, and so very fine. But because for so many people, Brooklyn has been a place of dreams. And beyond that, memorializing this great leader is something that we in multi-racial, diverse Brooklyn owe our children, and their children, too.

It's curious. But in Brooklyn, we have surprisingly few physical memorials to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., despite the lasting importance of his legacy to so many people born and residing in Brooklyn.

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