The journey continues from the elevated platform along an elongated ramp bringing to mind marches for civil rights and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s quote which paraphrased the words of abolitionist Rev. Theodore Parker: “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” as the ramp meets street level. Seating at the end of the ramp surrounding a celebratory fountain is a place for reflection.
THE WATER FEATURE of the monument represents the Atlantic Ocean at the beginning of the journey and North American waterways to freedom such as the Ohio River and the Great Lakes as the journey continues. Falling water at the Emergence Sculpture and celebratory fountain at the end of the sloped walkway augment the notion of African American industry, determination and strength. Water continuity between the extremes of the monument is symbolic of the AAACG motto based on the adage symbolized by the Sankofa bird, an Akan adinkra symbol, “We learn from the past as we live in the present to secure our future”.