The Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Memorial Project will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic 1966 march through Chicago’s Marquette Park. Recalling the larger legacy of the march – and remembering the struggle for justice and equity – is more urgent now than ever in our city, across our nation and around the world. 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.

The project will include a permanent art installation, designed by the Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG,) to reside in Marquette Park.

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 Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), a community organization based in Marquette Park, has led the MLK Memorial Project over the past several years. IMAN has coordinated a diverse group of organizations, institutions and individuals to advance the project and its goals. A Planning Committee has convened to raise funds and to oversee a series of initiatives, special programming and events to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy in Chicago – and to engage youth in communities across the city.