Contact:

Sara Neumann
Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.
sneumann@susandavis.com

Mark Jackson
BAE Systems
Tel: +1 703 312 6161
Mobile: +1 571 309 7985
mark.jackson7@baesystems.com

BAE Check PresentationWashington, D.C. (November 8, 2011) – Today, the Washington DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. acknowledged BAE Systems for its $1 million donation during a formal check presentation ceremony held at the recently dedicated Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

D. Michael Bennett, senior vice president of Information Management and CIO for BAE Systems presented the gift to Harry E. Johnson, Sr., the Foundation’s president and CEO and additional key staff members of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The $1 million donation continues to push the Memorial Foundation toward its final fundraising goal of $120 million. “We are incredibly grateful to BAE Systems for their million dollar gift, which helps to support the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial,” said Harry E. Johnson, Sr., president and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. “BAE Systems’ special gift brings us one step closer to raising the necessary funds to complete this historical project. To date, we have secured $118 of the $120 million needed and feel very confident that others will join BAE Systems in helping complete this dream and honor Dr. King.”

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is the first on the National Mall to honor a man of peace, hope, and color and has welcomed thousands of visitors since its August opening. Located on the Tidal Basin, the Memorial creates a visual line of leadership between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. The Memorial is an engaging landscape experience conveying four fundamental and recurring themes throughout Dr. King’s life – democracy, hope, justice, and love – and features the use of natural elements including water, stone, and trees.

A 450-foot inscription wall showcases 14 quotations from Dr. King’s speeches, sermons, and writings, to serve as a lasting testament and reminder of Dr. King’s humanitarian vision. The Memorial includes the “Mountain of Despair” and the “Stone of Hope,” which features a 30-foot sculpture of Dr. King.

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