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Presenter : Chaka Forman

Washington DC

From the entrance a visitor will be symbolically walking through the Mountain of Despair and then discovering the Stone of Hope – a carved 30ft high relief of Martin Luther King Jr. looking out towards the Jefferson Monument across the water. The inspiration for this memorial was drawn from a line in King’s historic “I have a dream” speech. 

Image of the Martin Luther King Memorial courtesy Gregory Clarke

In the heart of Washington D.C. is a green space known as the National Mall, which harbours a collection memorials and monuments dedicated to the sweeping history of the nation. Chaka Forman touches base with some of these landmarks in a single afternoon’s Historical Walk and in the process discovers hundreds of years of American history.

In Arlington National Cemetary, Chaka pays his respects at the Tomb of the Unknowns and the grave-site of John F. Kennedy .

He then crosses the Potomac river heading to the nearby Lincoln Memorial, taking in the iconic sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and the wonderful plaza that has become a popular meeting point for every kind of historical march and protest movement.

From here, Chaka makes his way past the Korean War Memorial before pausing at the Vietnam War Memorial – a stark wall that first caused a scandal, but is now accepted as one of the most compelling in the area.

Chaka then stops long enough for a photo opportunity in front of The White House, then on to the obelisk shaped Washington Memorial .

Following the curves of the Tidal Basin, he passes the Jefferson Memorial celebrating one of America’s most important Founding Fathers, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial honoring the historical impact of the 20th century president who presided through The Depression in the 1930s, and World War II in the 40s.

Finally, Chaka ends his walk with a moving visit to the Martin Luther King Memorial.


With special Thanks To:

Destination DC:

National Park Service:

Hotel Monaco – Washington DC:

Fojol Bros:

The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

Arlington National Cemetery:


Gregory Clark, Photographer – Gregory Clarke

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