The Embrace Memorial: Designing for Justice
Date & Time
Thursday, October 12, 2023, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Jonathan Evans

“The Embrace” is a new powerful symbol of love, unity, and justice that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. In Boston, where they met, fell in love and began their work, the memorial is a call to action that demands acknowledgement and reflection of our past. By highlighting the act of embrace, this memorial shifts the emphasis from singular hero worship to collective action, reminding visitors of our shared humanity and honoring the Kings’ ideal of fostering a "beloved community" in which everyone can realize their role in bringing a more just society. The Embrace marks the first step in a transformative vision for the city of Boston. Answering the call of how we can fill the voids left in America’s public spaces, once we have removed the memorials that divide us. How can we demand more memorials that unite us around our common humanity, love, and empathy?

Location Name
Galleria South
Full Address
Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
United States
Course Credit
Number of Credits
1 Learning Unit (60 min.)