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Making the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Architect Ed Jackson Jr. leads construction


Jackson explained to her why he found the winning design solution compelling. "When a layperson looks at a two-dimensional drawing, they cannot perceive or comprehend the design as depicted, because they see only a two-dimensional representation," Jackson says. "What I had to do was describe it in such a way that it came alive for her, as it did for me.

"As I was proceeding with my story, her head went from moving to east and west, to north and south."

He took things a step further. "I turned to her and I said, 'I will not let you down,' " Jackson remembers of his conversation with King's spouse, who died in 2006.

A father of four and grandfather of two, Jackson feels confident the public will find the King memorial aesthetically pleasing and inspirational when it opens this summer.

"I think that Mrs. King would be extremely proud of what we've been able to accomplish," Jackson says, "and I can say to her, if she were living today: 'Mrs. King, I did not let you down.' "

Blair S. Walker is a writer in Miami.

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