Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Receives $1 Million


In Miami, former President Clinton received the Humanitarian Award from Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. From left to right: Rod Gillum, Chairman of the Memorial Foundation; Former President Bill Clinton; Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President and CEO of the Memorial Foundation; Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Photo credit: MagicalPhoto.com / Mitchell Zachs)
In Miami, former President Clinton received the Humanitarian Award from Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. From left to right: Rod Gillum, Chairman of the Memorial Foundation; Former President Bill Clinton; Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President and CEO of the Memorial Foundation; Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Photo credit: MagicalPhoto.com / Mitchell Zachs)

Knight Foundation Spearheads South Florida Campaign with $1 Million Donation AANEWSWIRE(Washingto n, D.C.) – Former President Bill Clinton and the South Florida community turned out in full force at the newly renovated Fountaineblea Miami last night to support the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. President Clinton received the Memorial Foundation’s “Humanitarian Award” and served as the keynote speaker while the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, through its donation of $1 million to the Memorial, served as the lead dinner sponsor.

“As we approach what would have been Dr. King’s 80th birthday, we can be proud of the progress we’ve made as a nation to lift racial barriers and form a more perfect union,” President Clinton said. “Never before have we had the power we have today to make Dr. King’s dream a reality, and together, we can build a more just and equal world for future generations.”

President Clinton received the Memorial Foundation’s Humanitarian Award for his unparalleled work related to economic empowerment, racial, ethnic and religious reconciliation, health security and leadership development and citizen service. He also played a key role in the Memorial’s inception and has remained an active supporter. On July 16, 1998, Clinton signed a Joint Congressional Resolution authorizing the building of a memorial and on November 13, 2006 he participated in the Ceremonial Groundbreaking. He has served on the Memorial Foundation’s President’s Council for several years.

“I couldn’t be prouder that South Florida has made its mark on this important tribute to Dr. King, especially together with President Clinton,” said Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of Knight Foundation, who served as the Dinner Co- Chair with his wife Susana. “Dr. King had a transformational impact on the nation and the world. But his work

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