Congress passed a joint resolution in 1996 authorizing the construction of the Martin Luther King Monument. A foundation was organized and put in place to raise $120M for the project. It is the first major memorial dedicated to an African-American, and to a non-president. The dedication was scheduled for this Sunday Aug. 28th, which is the 48th anniversary of Kings “I Have a Dream” speech.
It has been announced this morning that the NFL will be donating $1M to help the foundation meet its fundraising goal. NFL commission Roger Goodell says
We in the NFL believe that professional football is the ultimate meritocracy. NFL players are measured strictly by their performance on the field regardless of race, religion or economic background. In the spirit of Dr. King, we work vigorously to maintain an inclusive environment where everyone can reach their fullest potential. We are proud to have our name associated with Dr. King.
The unveiling of this amazing, historical event has been postponed because of Hurricane Irene, and a new date will be announced as soon as possible. Otherwise though this event has been long overdue, and the statue will be something cherished by future generations around the world. Thank you Dr. King!