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eral President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fra- ternity, Inc. “The Deltas have stepped up to the plate as an organization and through individual donations to get us to the fi nish line. We are grateful for the support of their past and cur- rent leadership.” At the memorial, sorors also had the opportunity to meet Dr. Ed Jack- son, executive architect for the Na- tional Memorial Project Foundation. Jackson shared intriguing facts about the monument including how the or- ganization chose the artist and a few of the controversies that threatened and may still result in changes in the design. For instance, there was a concern that King’s look was too controver- sial. The artist, Lei Yixin, created four different facial expressions for the King family, who chose the one that best represented their father as they remembered him. The family eventu- ally chose the original image. “If my father was not controver- sial, given what he was facing at the time, what else could he be?” said Martin Luther King, III, according to Jackson. The granite likeness of King stands 30-feet tall in direct “line of leadership” with the Lincoln and Jef- ferson Memorials. “We only had two requirements for the fi nal product,” said Jackson. “It had to be on par with other monu- ments on the mall and the quality had to be second to none.” Soror Cynthia M. A. Butler-Mc- Dr. Ed Jackson, executive architect for the National Memorial Project Foundation; Na- Intyre, National President of Delta tional First Vice President Paulette C. Walker; 17th National President Mona H. Bailey; National President Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre; National Secretary Beverly E. Smith; Sigma Theta Sorority, thanked Jack- National Treasurer Terry R. Prunty; and 22nd National President Gwendolyn E. Boyd at son for taking the time to speak with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. PHOTO BY BRITTANI WASHINGTON the group and expressed her appre- ciation to sorors for sharing in the historical moment. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. NATIONAL MEMORIAL FACTS “It is a once in a lifetime oppor- tunity to hear directly from the ar- • The scroll in Dr. King’s left hand was • The “Stone of Hope” is actually three originally a pen. Since he was not left larger stones fused together. chitect of such a phenomenal piece handed, it had to be changed. of work that pays homage to one of • It took the artist 10 weeks to stack and our most inspiring and world chang- • The head stone weighs 27 tons. fi nish the design. ing civil rights leaders,” said Soror • The largest stone—the arms—weighs • The total project took 28 years—from Butler-McIntyre. “This is one of those 31 tons, while an African Elephant only inception to completion. moments where we get to be a part of weighs 2-3 tons. • Majority of the granite used for the Me- history as we carry on the legacy of • It took 45 days to move 1600 metric morial comes from America. Only the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” ▲ tons of stone from China to Baltimore, center piece and the “Mountain of De- Md. spair” come from China. 26 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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