Last Sunday marked the 42nd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.
While supporting striking union sanitation workers, Dr. King was mortally wounded by a sniper’s bullet at the Lorraine Hotel balcony.
That shot was fired by James Earl Ray, a escaped convict and a coward who attempted to flee the country for the crime. He was caught entering the UK, returned to the US, plead guilty and was sentenced to 99 years for the murder.
Between his death in 1968 to today, a few of King’s legacy has been achieved. Civil rights legislation banning discrimination was passed, voting rights laws were passed in Congress have been enforced and the country now has the first African-American president. However, there are still ways to go in achieving King’s full vision, including civil rights protections against gays, lesbians and transgender individuals.
In Washington, DC; a national memorial is being built in honor of Dr. King. The site will be located at the National Mall on the western side of the Tidal Basin between the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial.
The foundation broke ground in 2006 on the $120 million memorial. It has raised $106 million of that so far, including $10 million from Congress. It has tapped charitable foundations, Fortune 500 companies and individuals, sending letters to more than 1 million potential donors.
According to the foundation on their website, the goal of the memorial is to be more than a monument to a great humanitarian, the National Memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be a place for visitors from all over the world to be energized by its extraordinary power; the power that illuminated the faith of our founders and now impels us toward our destiny as a nation; the power flowing from the uniquely American spirit of brotherly love, freedom, justice, and the priceless blessing they endure…peace.
To donate, go to BuildtheDream.org/give or text Text MLK to 20222.
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