"Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights."
The Bergen County Martin Luther King Jr. Monument Committee was formed to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by leading a collaborative, funding, design and construction process in the creation of a 7ft bronze statue as a monument in his honor.
The monument will be located on the Hackensack River Pathway as it crosses the Fairleigh Dickinson University campus in Hackensack, New Jersey and is open to the public.
Visit to Richard Blake's Studio in Lancaster PA. March 26, 2014
Richard Blake (on one knee) and five of the committee members with the 7-foot-4-inch clay figure of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as it stands in the studio.
The monument depicts Dr. King standing atop of a pile of rough rock, symbolic of that figurative mountaintop of equality. He is shown wearing a scholarly robe, carrying a scroll and a book, to symbolize his knowledge. The figure will be placed on top of an octagonal slab of granite.
Blake has spent countless hours molding the oil-based clay to get the largest and the tiniest of details in the face, hands and clothing of the slain civil rights leader just right. He will work three more weeks on those details, before the model begins the process of being turned into bronze.
The committe had planned the dedication of the monument for sometime in June, however the extreme winter weather may cause construction delays at the site and delay the dedication.
Please show your support and donate. We’re striving to keep the dream alive.
Bergen County Martin Luther King, Jr.
P. O. Box 3128 Teaneck, New Jersey 07666-3128
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