Looking for a meaningful way to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? Consider donating to a brand-new memorial to honor the Civil Rights leader in Washington, DC. After more than a decade of grassroots efforts to place a fitting tribute on the National Mall, construction of this national memorial finally began earlier this month. Over $100 million of the $120 million needed has already been raised. Click here or call (888) 484-3373 to help out. Or donate $5 using your cell or smart phone just by texting MLK to 20222 (this works for U.S. subscribers only).
Scheduled to open in 2011, this four-acre memorial would be the first on the National Mall to honor an African American. For a virtual fly-by tour of the inscription wall, parklands and giant statue of MLK, Jr., click here. The nonprofit memorial foundation's website also has a thoughtful description of the memorial's design (by San Francisco's inter-disciplinary ROMA Design Group) and mission. Its position along the axis of the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials pointedly places King in a larger context of U.S. democracy and social progress.
Can't wait until the memorial opens next year? You can visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, GA anytime.
Image courtesy of Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation