Richard W. Marshall, Chief Financial Officer, MLK National Memorial Project Foundation; Tuskegee Airmen; and Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President & CEO of the MLK National Memorial Project Foundation at the site of the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC.
On August 3, 2011, a group of Tuskegee Airmen received a hero's welcome at a special preview of the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, DC, scheduled to open to the public on August 22, 2011. A grand dedication of the memorial will be held on August 28th, the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.
Hailing from across the country, the Airmen were greeted by the executive team of the MLK National Memorial Project Foundation: Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President & CEO, Richard W. Marshall, Chief Financial Officer, and Dr. Ed Jackson, Jr., Executive Architect. BlackGivesBack was on the scene to witness history in the making as the Airmen were led by Dr. Ed Jackson to the area where President Obama will lay a time capsule on dedication day, followed by a special preview of the memorial, that is surrounded by a crescent-shaped inscription wall of Martin Luther King's most inspiring and famous quotes.
Dr. Ed Jackson, Jr., Executive Architect with a Tuskegee Airman
Samuel Hunter, a Tuskegee Airman from World War II, traveled from Colorado for the special viewing. He shared with BlackGivesBack as he looked at the memorial, "It's tremendous!"
To date, the foundation has raised $114 of the $120 million dollars needed for the memorial. Harry Johnson, President & CEO shared that he doesn't view the millions left to raise as an impediment. He encourages anyone reading this to contribute. "We want people to donate, because this should be the memorial that the people actually build....$5, $10 would be helpful."
Please visit www.buildthedream.org for more information and a full schedule of Dedication Week activities.
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Photo credit: Gediyon Kifle