October 16, 2011 marked the historic dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event marked the first time a non-president and African-American leader was honored with a monument at the National Mall.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. He was jailed over 30 times and ultimately gave his life in the fight for jobs and freedom. By dedicating himself to the civil rights movement, he became responsible for the careers of countless black activists, including Ralph Abernathy, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and Andrew Young – all powerful leaders who carried on his legacy.