Symbols of Unity - The Idea of Freedom
Project Area: Watts
Project: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shopping Center
Project Location: 103rd Street and Orandee
Project Type: CRA Initiated
An oversized wedge-shaped pulpit with a sloped surface contains the full text of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech. The viewer is encouraged to stand in the imprint of size 9 1/2 shoeprints (King’s shoe size) in order to read the speech. Concrete reliefs show the torsos and linked arms of Civil Rights marchers. Topping the monument is a hand releasing a humming bird, symbolizing freedom.