Visitors to the Martin Luther King National Historic Site walk the Gandhi Promenade from the parking lot south to the visitor center (see map).
The quotations of Dr. King along the promenade appear below, followed by the commemorations at the base of the Gandhi statue found at the southern end of the promenade adjacent to the visitor's center.
For Martin Luther King, Jr., this neighborhood|
meant many things: he lived here, he
ministered here, and he would come to lead
a great human movement from here. In his
youth it was a vital community--a bastian
of African-American prosperity, culture,
and activism. But it was something else too.
It was segregated--walled in by ignorant
attitudes and unjust laws. Here Martin
Luther King, Jr,. learned about the pain
of discrimination, the virtue of commitment
and the power of ideals.
"When evil men plot, good men must plan.|
When evil men burn and bomb,
good men must build and bind.
When evil men shout ugly words of hatred,
good men must commit themselves
to the glories of love.
Where evil men would seek to perpetuate
an unjust status quo,
good men must seek to bring into being
a real order of justice."
"Every man must decide|
whether he will walk
in the light of creative altruism
or the darkness of selfishness.
This is the judgment.
Life's most persistent and
urgent question is,
what are you doing for others?"
"...A religion true to its nature must also|
be concerned about man's social conditions.
...Any religion that professes to be
concerned with the souls of men and is not
concerned with the slums that damn them,
the economic conditions that strangle them,
and the social conditions that cripple them
is a dry-as-dust religion."
"Nonviolence, to be a potent force,
must begin with the mind. Nonviolence of the
mere body without the cooperation of the mind
is nonviolence of the weak of the cowardly, and has,
therefore, no potency. It is a degrading performance.
If we bear malice and hatred in our bosoms and
pretend not to retaliate, it must recoil upon us and
lead to our destruction."
Tributes To The Mahatma
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Tribute to the Mahatma
"Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress,
Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought and acted,
inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a
world of peace and harmony. We may
ignore him at our own risk"
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Visitors continue south from the Gandhi statue toward Auburn Avenue to the
center of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and cross Auburn
Avenue to the tomb of Dr. King.