In about 2001 during a march celebrating MLK's birthday, community leaders and officials stopped at the corner of LBJ Drive and Martin Luther King Drive There the dream for a memorial was born.
Since then the idea of commemorating the unique intersection of LBJ and MLK Drives was kept alive during subsequent MLK celebrations.
In 2008 with the Texas State Common Experience theme, Civic Responsibility and the Legacy of LBJ, the LBJ / MLK Crossroads Memorial Project committee formed to permanently transform this unique San Marcos intersection with a memorial to commemorate these two extraordinary men.
The Crossroads committee members came from the Dunbar Heritage Association, the LBJ Museum of San Marcos, the San Marcos Area Arts Council, Main Street, the Calaboose African American History Museum, El Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and from Texas State - the Common Experience, the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, and the Honors College. Representatives from these groups began to meet regularly to shape a vision and build a strategy for the memorial to be established.