The Project

For more than a decade, high school students, community organizers, public officials and religious leaders from all walks of life have worked towards building Chicago’s very first memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to be located at the site of his historic 1966 Marquette Park March. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Memorial Project will commemorate the 50th anniversary of that historic August 5th event. Recalling the larger legacy of the March – and remembering the struggle for justice, equity and racial healing – is more urgent now than ever in our city, across our nation and around the world. While recognizing the historic importance of the Marquette Park March, the project will also leverage that moment to energize and inspire communities across the city and country to remember King’s message and continue to work for genuine social justice.

The MLK Living Memorial Project Consists of 5 Distinct Events and Special Initiatives

Commemorating the impact that Dr. King had in Chicago and engage communities across the city:

 The MLK Living Memorial

The 1000 Mile March

The Takin’ it to the Streets Festival

The 1000 Mile Scholars Young Leaders Program

The Beloved Community Studio