$3 Mil­lion Added to Project Fund

90% of Goal Raised; Con­struc­tion Might Be­gin This Year

The Washington Post - - The Region - By Michael E. Ruane

The project to build a me­mo­rial to Martin Luther King Jr. amid the cherry blos­soms at the Tidal Basin has re­ceived $3 mil­lion from the W.K. Kel­logg Foun­da­tion, of­fi­cials an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The do­na­tion raised the project’s fundrais­ing to­tal to $90 mil­lion of a $100 mil­lion goal.

A cres­cent-shaped me­mo­rial is planned for a four-acre site be­tween the Franklin De­lano Roo­sevelt and Thomas Jef­fer­son memo­ri­als. It will fea­ture a 21⁄ 2- story gran­ite sculp­ture of the civil rights leader, who was April 4, 1968.

“The time is now to fully un­der­stand the mean­ing of our fa­ther’s dream to this na­tion and the world, and to make it a re­al­ity,” King’s son Martin Luther King III said dur­ing a con­fer­ence call with re­porters an­nounc­ing the do­na­tion.

Harry E. John­son Sr., pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. Na­tional Me­mo­rial Project Foun­da­tion, said, “This me­mo­rial will be in a beau­ti­ful set­ting amongst the cherry blos­soms, bloom­ing gen­er­ally the week that Dr. King was as­sas­si­nated.”

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John­son said con­struc­tion could be­gin this year, and the project could be com­pleted by next year.

Ster­ling K. Speirn, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Michi­gan-based Kel­logg Foun­da­tion, said, “The best mon­u­ments are where we learn his­tory and are in­spired to make his­tory.”

Other large do­na­tions in­clude $10 mil­lion from Gen­eral Mo­tors, $5 mil­lion from the Tommy Hil­figer Cor­po­rate Foun­da­tion and $3 mil­lion to­tal from the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and Women’s Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. Con­tri­bu­tions can be made at www.buildthe­dream.org.

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