Montgomery Civil Rights Memorial Center

Civil Rights Memorial, Maya Lin, 1989, granite, Civil Rights Memorial Center.

The Civil Rights Memorial Center is located in Montgomery, Alabama, a city rich with civil rights history. The center is just around the corner from the church where Dr. Martin Luther King served as pastor during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-1956 and the Alabama Capitol steps where the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march ended in 1965.

Created by Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin, a circular black granite table records the names of those who died in support of the Civil Rights Movement and chronicles the history of the movement in lines that radiate like the hands of a clock. Water emerges from the table's center and flows evenly across the top. On a curved black granite wall behind the table is engraved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s well-known paraphrase of Amos 5:24 - We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.


German cleric usually considered to have formally launched the Protestant Reformation with his list of 95 "theses" itemizing grievances against the Roman Catholic Church, especially its sale of indulgences claimed to absolve individuals' sins.

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