Monday, April 19, 2010

Help Build the Dream for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Forty two years ago this month, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our nation's greatest civil rights leader, was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. The hotel is now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum. Now, a new historic site needs your support to help build the dream for Martin Luther King.

The Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation is commemorating the life and work of Dr. King by creating a memorial in our nation's capital that will honor his contributions to the world through non violent social change. This memorial will be the first on the National Mall to recognize a person of color.

After years of fund raising, the memorial is now $14 million away from its $120 million goal. Foundations, corporations and philanthropists have donated to the memorial, as well as our youth! In the photo above, students from the African American Organization at Owings Mills High School in Baltimore donated $1,000 by selling pizzas, holding a “40-Year Campaign” on the anniversary of Dr. King’s death, hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a car wash. During their week-long “40-Year Campaign,” faculty, staff, students and administrators donated either 40 pennies, 40 nickels, 40 dimes, 40 quarters or 40 dollars. And students from the G. James Gholson Middle School in Landover, Maryland raised over $1,700! These are just two schools out of many across the country who have raised funds for the Memorial.

The Memorial will be more than a monument to a great humanitarian, it will be a place for visitors from around the world to share the spirit of love, freedom, and peace.

For more information and to donate, visit http://www.mlkmemorial.org/. You can also donate via mobile phone by texting "MLK" to 20222. A one-time charge of $5 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Message and data rates may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Offer available to US subscribers only.

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