New memorial for the Mall

A Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial is being planned for the Mall, and those organizing the establishment of it are more than a third of the way to their goal of raising $100 million for it. Washington Mystics owner Sheila Johnson is planning to donate $1 million on behalf of her kids. This ties into the Kids for King essay contest that will let 12 winners attend the groundbreaking in September of next year. The groundmaking ceremony will take place near the Lincoln Memorial, the site of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The King memorial is set to open in 2008.

Yesterday, West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd proposed an amendment to an appropriations bill that would provide $10 million towards the memorial. Fortunately, it passed. Byrd used to be a member of the KKK and is obviously going to great lengths to make up for that.

Congress authorized the memorial in 1996, but fundraising has been focused on corporations. Now fundraisers are turning to individual donors, which is obviously paying off. You can get more info or donate to the fund here. It’s about time we had a King memorial! I’m kind of surprised we don’t already have one.

2 Comments so far

  1. andye (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 11:57 am

    Is this an old post that accidentally reappeared? Because the Byrd amendment passed in June.

  2. JennB (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 1:23 pm

    Huh. Maybe I should read dates more closely. I just posted this stuff because it’s coming back into public discussion.

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