Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and there are many ways to celebrate this beloved civil rights leader. Let’s take a look at some beautiful trees that have been planted to honor Dr. King’s legacy.
King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Atlanta, Georgia
A Pecan Tree dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr can be found in his home city, Atlanta, Georgia. The King Center is a National Historic Site and houses a fantastic collection of Dr. King’s writings. While there, you can also visit his birth home and the crypt of Dr. and Mrs. King.
Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa
A Pine Tree planted in the 1980’s near King Chapel has become a symbol of resiliency over the last several decades. The tree has been vandalized many times, and, according to the Cornell website, “each time the college came together and replanted the tree as a commitment to King and the cause of equality.”
University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii
A gorgeous flowering Amapa tree was planted outside of Hamilton Library in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The University has planted several “namesake trees” around campus. Today, you can wander the grounds and see a wide variety of amazing trees dedicated to those who have made contributions to society and also trees donated by graduating classes.
How You Can Celebrate Dr. King’s Legacy
You can visit these trees any time, but if you plan to spend Monday at home here in the Philadelphia area, there is still time to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy locally. Check out the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service to join a project in the works or launch your own!
If you’d like to plant a tree this year, visit the Giroud Tree Planting page or call 215-682-7704 for a FREE evaluation by your Giroud ISA Certified Arborist. We’ll help you choose the best location on your property and also the best tree for you!