Co-chairs announced for MLK Memorial Dedication

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    The General Motors Founda­tion and Chevrolet will serve as the dedication chair; dedication co-chair is The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation; and dedi­cation vice chairs include Aetna, Boeing, BP, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, GE McDonalds, Travel­ers, and Wal- Mart Stores for the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC.

    Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, George Lucas, Jamie Foxx and Clarence Avant will serve as celebrity co-chairs. The memorial, the first on the National Mall to honor a man of peace, hope and color, will be dedicated on Aug. 28 in a West Potomac Park ceremony on the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

    Members of the King family, civil rights leaders including Congressman John Lewis, Am­bassador Andy Young, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Rev. Joseph Lowery and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will play roles in sev­eral events in the nation’s capi­tal to celebrate the memorial’s dedication Aug. 24 through 28. Former Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, General Colin Powell, Tom Brokaw, Dr. Maya Angelou, Alpha Phi Alpha general presi­dent Herman “Skip” Mason Jr., Tommy Hilfiger, General Motors chairman and CEO Dan Aker son, leaders of the faith-based community and others will participate in Dedication Week events. President Barack Obama will give remarks during the Aug. 28 dedication ceremony.

    Located on the Tidal Basin, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memo­rial creates a visual line of leadership between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.

    The memorial will be an engaging landscape ex­perience conveying four fundamental and recur­ring themes throughout Dr. King’s life — democ­racy, justice, hope and love — and features the use of natural elements including water, stone and trees.

    A 450-foot inscription wall will feature more than a dozen Dr. King quotes engraved into granite to serve as a lasting testa­ment and reminder of Dr. King’s humanitarian vision. The memorial will include the “Mountain of Despair” and the “Stone of Hope,” which will fea­ture a 30-foot sculpture of Dr. King.

    “We deeply appreci­ate the support of Stevie, Aretha, Berry, George, Jamie and Clarence, lead­ers from the entertain­ment community who believe in and portray Dr. King’s universal messag­es of democracy, hope, justice and love,” said Harry E. Johnson, Sr., president and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Founda­tion, Inc.

    “The dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial has been long-awaited, and people from around the world are coming to experience this tremendous, historic moment. We are excited to welcome them all.”

    A pre-dedication pro­gram will commence at 8:45 a.m. and a post-dedi­cation concert will follow the ceremony.

    Dedication Week events include:

    • Honoring Global Lead­ers for Peace Internation­al Salute Gala: In celebra­tion of Dr. King’s quest for worldwide equality and peace and in tribute to international leaders who share that commit­ment.

    • Honoring Past, Pres­ent Future Pioneers Civil Rights Pioneers Lun­cheon: In recognition of those who dared to stand with Dr. King, those who dare to stand for the dream today, and those who dare future genera­tions to continue to stand for social justice and equality.

    • Partners in the Dream Public Expo: Information booths, performances, and a tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., free and open to the public.

    • The Message in the Music Concert of Civil Rights Era Music: Enter­tainment artists will per­form legendary sounds of the Civil Rights Movement inspiring hope, strength and change.

    • Women Who Dare to Dream Luncheon Honor­ing Women Civil Rights Leaders: Honoring the women of the Civil Rights Movement whose legacy of strength and dignity continues to inspire hope and special tribute to Coretta Scott King.

    • Interfaith Prayer Ser­vice: In recognition of faith as a guiding source for Dr. King’s mission, life, and legacy.

    • Dream Keepers En­couraging Future Lead­ers Youth Symposium: Afternoon forum inspir­ing youth to spread Dr. King’s universal, timeless messages and to live to their potential.

    • The Celebration Dream Gala: A gala salute and momentous celebration honoring those whose support has made the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial a reality.

    For more information about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedica­tion and Dedication Week events, please visit or contact Sara Neumann at or 202.414.0788.

    About the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.

    A memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is being completed on the National Mall, situated adjacent to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memo­rial, and in a direct line between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.

    Congress passed a joint resolution in 1996 authorizing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to establish a memorial in Washington, D.C. honor­ing Dr. King. The Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The Memorial will be dedicated on Aug. 28, 2011. McKissack & McK­issack / Turner Construc­tion Company / Tompkins Builders, Inc./Gilford Corporation Joint Ven­ture serves as the Design-Build Team.

    For more information or to make a donation, visit


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