Originally dedicated in 1977, the African American Cultural Garden was mostly dormant. The African American Cultural Garden delegation has developed a plan for building the garden along Martin Luther King Boulevard, which is itself a fitting tribute to the mission of the Cultural Gardens. The art and sculpture proposed below is no longer under consideration. Current design plans call for no sculpture to be used in potential site design.
"Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.”
(From a speech delivered at The National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on March 31, 1968, Congressional Record, April 9, 1968) The Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project at Stanford University