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Experiencing the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Each year, we celebrate MLK Day as a way to honor the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From parades, programs, and even social media posts we nationally recognize the impact and legacy of the late Civil Rights Leader.


We may take one day out of the year to celebrate the life of MLK, but there are so many opportunities to immerse yourself in his legacy all year round. There are several memorials and historic sites in the cities Southwest Airlines serves. Visiting the numerous memorials of MLK serve as a beautiful reminder of the freedom, justice, and equality for which he stood.


Source: Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, Atlanta, Georgia

Located in the birthplace of MLK, the National Historical Park includes several sites related to his life, including his childhood home, church, and gravesite.


Source: Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee

The Lorraine Motel where MLK was assassinated is now a complex of museums and historic buildings focused on the civil rights movement.



Source: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens, Raleigh, North Carolina

The Memorial Gardens is the first public park in the U.S. dedicated to MLK and the civil rights movement.



Source: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, California

This memorial located in the city’s cultural district features a waterfall and panels inscribed with MLK’s words, poems, and images.



Source: Luther King, Jr. Memorial Wall, Washington, D.C.

This is the most well-known MLK national memorial, located in the National Mall. This memorial includes the Stone of Hope, a granite statue of MLK.


Each memorial provides a unique and immersive way to experience Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy.


We would love to know more about which memorials you’ve visited, which memorials you plan to visit, and how you choose to honor MLK’s legacy. Share in the comments below.