Take A Walk In His Footsteps

Alanna SobelNPF Blog

On January 15, we’ll come together as a nation to celebrate the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On January 19, we’ll honor his life and legacy with a national day of service.

And did you know that you can walk in his footsteps and experience his story in our national parks year-round?

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Washington Monument at night

It’s true. Here are a handful of ideas for you:

  • Visit his birthplace in Atlanta
  • Climb the steps from where he delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech
  • Take a road trip along the 54-mile trail (which includes the Edmund Pettus Bridge – a National Historic Landmark) that he traveled on foot with voting rights activists. This year, you can also take part in special events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches.
  • Read the quotations engraved on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Lincoln Memorial at night

But these are just a handful. There are many places across the National Park System that link to Dr. King’s life and the contributions African Americans have made to our shared history. We challenge you to discover them, uncover stories new to you, and then share your experiences with us on Facebook, Twitter, InstagramTumblrPinterest, and Google+.

And if you need a little inspiration, check out our African American Experience Fund for some ideas on places to explore.

You can also join us at www.WeAreStillMarching.com and engage with Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Not only can you read his words and connect with the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – you can become part of an incredibly meaningful audio mosaic online by recording yourself reciting Dr. King’s words.

Photo credits: Matthew Carroll, Share the Experience 2014 photo contest weekly winner; Scott Adams, Share the Experience 2012 photo contest. 

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