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Friends of MLK Gather to Raise Funds For Memorial

In 1996 President Clinton signed a bill proposing the establishment of a Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial. Twelve years later, friends, associates, and admirers of King are still working to raise the $120 million needed to build the memorial.

Yesterday, original civil rights activists gathered on the National Mall at the planned memorial site for a rally. Their goal: to raise the final $18 million so President-elect Obama can dedicate the memorial during his first term. King's memorial will sit between Lincoln's and Jefferson's, and the design pleases King's associates. Clarence Jones, who worked as King's attorney and sometimes speech writer said yesterday: "At some points, I was so welled up in the memories of what the memorial reflected that it really caused me to have quiet tears."

If you're in the mood to donate to the dream, a $5 donation will get you a band together to build the dream wristband! Are you surprised there isn't a MLK memorial already in Washington, DC?


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MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
bluesarahlou, sounds wonderful! I would love to do laps in such a nice pool - enjoy!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Yeah, I'd like to go to a gym with a nice heated pool.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Well...heated lap pool for one! The only place you can do some laps around here is the local swim center. That pool is about a million years old. And cold as hell. I used to go there for swim lessons when I was a kid.
CityStyleLife CityStyleLife 8 years
it doesn't suprise me that it would take this long...I'm just happy that its going to happen.....everyone donate!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
bluesarahlou, what makes it so cool?
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I just donated online...
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I just donated online...
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
There's a sweet new gym opening up near me in February. I'm actually EXCITED to join. Which is a completely strange and foreign feeling to me.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
:rotfl: Jude, I was just saying the same thing to hubby last night!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
:rotfl: Jude, I was just saying the same thing to hubby last night!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I may have to start going to the gym in the aftermath of this last Thanksgiving, Martini ;)
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
This is not news to me, I already knew there wasn't one and knew of the efforts to still raise the money.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Hey, Jude, good to see you! :wave: Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!! I am with you, I am kinda surprised that there isn't one already!
kranky kranky 8 years
No fan of Obama, but I do think it's nice that he is inaugurated the day after MLK Day. It would be really fitting if Obama could dedicate the memorial as well.
kranky kranky 8 years
No fan of Obama, but I do think it's nice that he is inaugurated the day after MLK Day.It would be really fitting if Obama could dedicate the memorial as well.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Hey, Jessie :)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Hey, Jessie :)
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
OMG...it's Jude :)!!! Okay so maybe I'm clueless about building costs, but does it have to cost $120 million?
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
OMG...it's Jude :)!!!Okay so maybe I'm clueless about building costs, but does it have to cost $120 million?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Yeah, I'm very surprised. It seems odd that there isn't one already.
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