Dr. Martin Luther King was a man of wisdom, courage and foresight. And this is what Dari Patsiokas wants to show with her sculpture of King.
She is in the process of creating a 13.5 ton sculpture of King that will placed in front of the Northwest Regional Library in Coral Springs. Dari is providing the sculpture on a pro bono basis. It will be ten feet tall and nine feet wide. It will be dedicated on January 15, 2016.
“If we do not continue his legacy, he will have died in vain,” said Dari. “We need to keep his wisdom alive. We need to continue his lessons for future generations.”
Dari believes slavery and abuse are still significant problems. Dari said that throughout slavery is still alive and thriving and people human trafficking is a huge issue. “This about man’s inhumanity to man. There is still police violence.”
Dari. “I want the community to buy into the way of life that Dr. King has provided through his quotations and speeches. Dr. King is probably the best role model a child can have.”
Dari is a strong believer in the importance of the non-violent struggle for civil rights. “I am doing this for my grandchildren and everyone else’s grandchildren so that they may experience freedom,” she stated.
Dari was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1957 and was raised during the Apartheid regime. “At an early age, I realized man’s inhumanity to man,” she said. She moved to the United States in 2009 and became a U.S. citizen in 2014.
The City of Coral Springs held a soft groundbreaking at the Northwest Regional Library.
Dr. Mark Gendal, chair of the Martin Luther King Memorial Committee gave a presentation on the importance of remembering the legacy of King. “We want young people and adults to come to this monument and ponder the legacy of Dr. King,” said Dr. Gendal. “We need to educate people about what King did for the nation. He promoted racial equality among people. It will be a place for kids to take field trips where they will learn about peaceful resistance to right wrongs and learn to love each other.”
Gendal hopes that school groups and other organization will visit the monument.
Joyce Campos, community relations manager for Coral Springs said it is important to promote peace in the community. “This will be a monument to Martin Luther King’s legacy. We are celebrating his efforts toward peace,” she said.
Commissioner Joy Carter said it is important to remember the legacy of King. “This monument will be a continued reminder that we need to respect each other,” she said.
Lou Cimaglia said, “I think it is a wonderful idea and I think a good idea to have it help us remember that King did and what he stood for
The monument will include a picture of King and eleven quotations from him. The Lac Du Bonnett pillar stands for equality, freedom of speech, unity and democracy. The base is made of Mesabi Black granite. The Raven Black monument stands for the Rainbow coalition and King’s dignity, teachings and strength. Coldspring based in Minnesota is the company that will fabricate the memorial piece. Dari will be present during the fabrication process because the project is too big for her studio. A picture of Dr. King will be blasted into the stone with fragments of garnet.