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MLK Living Memorial

The city’s first permanent memorial commemorating Dr. King and the Chicago Freedom Movement’s presence and impact in Marquette Park and the Chicagoland area.

For more than a decade, high school students, community organizers, public officials and religious leaders from all walks of life worked towards building Chicago’s very first memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., currently located at the site of his historic 1966 Marquette Park March. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Memorial commemorates the 50th anniversary of that historic August 5th event. Recalling the larger legacy of the March – and remembering the struggle for justice, equity and dignity – is more urgent now than ever in our city, across our nation and around the world.

While recognizing the historic importance of the Marquette Park March, the Memorial also leverages that moment to energize and inspire communities across the city and country to remember King’s message and continue to work for genuine social justice.

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