The block inscribed with "I Have A Dream" at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC

Weekly Gem #101 Only love can do that

Published 1/15/2017

Location:  This 'hidden gem' is located near the top of the steps leading into the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC (see Clue Me! Map).  Most everyone who goes to the Lincoln Memorial walks within a few feet, or even right on this spot, where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I have a Dream" speech.  Most walk on by, not noticing the engraved block, because their eyes are on Lincoln. But it's worth a moment to stop here, and stand where a Nobel Peace Prize winner stood.

King was peaceful, but far from passive. He called out people of all colors and governments at all levels to do the right thing, and used phrasing that left little ambiguity about where he stood. On what would have been his 88th birthday, he can still speak for himself quite effectively.

Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?

Expediency asks the question - is it politic?

Vanity asks the question - is it popular?

But conscience asks the question - is it right?

And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular;

but one must take it because it is right.

~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Here's the hidden gem entry from our Clue Me! map.


I have a dream


The block inscribed with "I Have A Dream"

Why It's Interesting

This is the very place from which Martin Luther King, jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech.


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