Eyes on the prize: on the civil rights trail in Washington DC

As America lurches to the right, we check out the cultural heritage sites associated with Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement

At his memorial in Washington DC, the statue of Martin Luther King is half finished. The legs and back disappear, like a ghost, into a slab of uncarved white marble. His face is determined and resolute, but not yet satisfied. A line from his “I Have a Dream” speech, from 1963, is etched into the rock: “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” His sculpture is unfinished for a reason – the struggle continues.

Parts of the Capitol building, the Statue of Freedom, and even the White House, were built by men in chains

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