The Dream Behind the New Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in D.C.

Today on Washington, D.C.'s National Mall, officials unveiled a 30-foot sculpture commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For The Atlantic's Culture Issue in May 2011, Bonnie Fisher and Boris Dramov of the ROMA design group explained the thought process that went into the creation of the new national monument.

"We ... wanted Dr. King not to just stand as apart from the memorial itself," Boris Dramov said. "We wanted him to be part of the landscape of it and the landscape to be part of his image as well."

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Spencer Kornhaber is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers pop culture and music. He was previously an editor of Patch.com and a staff writer at OC Weekly. He has written for Spin, The AV Club, and RollingStone.com.

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