Memorials: The Journey to Civil Rights

Photo of the MLK Memorial, credit F Delventhal

“We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” declared Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. By the time you read that quote at the conclusion of this walk you will have encountered the author of the Declaration of Independence, drafter of the country’s first bill of rights, the champion of the New Deal, and the woman who helped author the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For two weeks each spring the National Mall's Tidal Basin glows with a pink-white hue of thousands of Japanese cherry trees. Yet once the glory of the blossoms has vanished the memorials around this manmade body of water continue to resonate with the American principles of independence, equal rights, and justice. Trace the evoluation of the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. through up-close encounters with

                                           - the Thomas Jefferson Memorial,

                                           - George Mason Memorial,

                                           - Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial,

                                           - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial,

                                            plus views of the Washington Monument.


Led by Carolyn


Discover more great D.C. walking tour adventures: Women Who Changed America and Memorials: Remembrances of War


Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

Also Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the CIVIC SEASON.


Also available for private and group tour bookings. Please email for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to fifteen (15) participants.

$25 per person for public tours.

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Embarks from the snack stand located at the Tidal Basin Paddle Boat dock (1501 Maine Avenue, SW) Closest Metrorail station: Smithsonian
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