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Martin Luther King, Jr. (originally named Michael King) is born in Atlanta, GA.

January 15, 1929

King is ordained and is appointed associate pastor to his father, the pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

February 25, 1948

King graduates from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.

June 8, 1948

King graduates Crozer Theological Seminary with a Bachelor of Divinity degree.

May 6, 1951

While attending graduate school at Boston University, King is initiated into the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

June 22, 1952

King marries Miss Coretta Scott.

June 18, 1953

The United States Supreme Court rules unanimously that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional in Brown vs. the Board of Education, stating that “separate can never be equal.”

May 17, 1954

King is installed as the twentieth pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL.

October 31, 1954

King receives his Ph.D. degree in Systematic Theology from Boston University.

June 5, 1955

Dr. King is elected President of the Montgomery Improvement Association, the group formed to coordinate the bus boycott.

December 5, 1955

Buses in Montgomery are integrated after federal injunctions are issued against many city and bus company officials. In the months before integration of buses occurs, the United States Supreme Court upholds an earlier ruling that declares mandatory bus segregation laws unconstitutional.

December 20, 1955

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (“SCLC”) is formed ; Dr. King is named its first president.

February 14, 1957

Dr. and Mrs. King spend a month in India as guests of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, studying Mohandas K. Gandhi’s techniques of nonviolent resistance.

February 2, 1959

Dr. King is arrested during a demonstration in Birmingham. On April 16, he writes his famous “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” in which he describes the motivation and defends the need for nonviolent, direct action.

March 2, 1962

James Meredith becomes the first black man to enter the University of Mississippi. He is enrolled by order of the Supreme Court and escorted onto campus by U.S. Marshals.

October 1, 1962

Dr. King meets with President John F. Kennedy at the White House, urging him to support civil rights

October 16, 1962

At a protest in Birmingham, young demonstrators are attacked with dogs and assaulted with water from fire hoses by order of Eugene “Bull” Connor, Director of Public Safety. Media coverage of the event provokes a national outcry against the tactics employed by segregationist leaders.

May 3, 1963

Governor George C. Wallace attempts to stop integration of the University of Alabama by preventing black students and Justice Department officials from entering. Governor Wallace removes himself from blocking the entrance after President Kennedy federalizes the Alabama National Guard.

June 11, 1963

At the historic March on Washington, the first large integrated protest march, Dr. King delivers his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall in Washington, DC.

August 28, 1963

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama is bombed, killing four young girls and injuring many worshippers. Dr. King delivers a eulogy for the girls.

September 15, 1963

The Mississippi “Freedom Summer” Project, a voter registration drive, is organized and instituted by Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC), with the aid of the SCLC.

June 15, 1964

Dr. King attends the signing of the Public Accommodations Bill, a part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

July 2, 1964

Dr. King speaks at the Democratic National Convention, where the Democratic Party refused to seat members of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

August 25, 1964

Dr. King accepts the Nobel Prize for Peace in Oslo, Norway.

December 10, 1964

Dr. King meets with President Johnson and other leaders to discuss voting rights for African-Americans.

February 9, 1965

More than three thousand march from Selma to Montgomery under the protection of federal troops. Along the way, their numbers increased to twenty-five thousand. The march ends in Montgomery, where Dr. King gives an address from the steps of the state capitol.

March 21, 1965

Riots break out in Watts, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California.

June 15, 1965

President Johnson signs the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

August 6, 1965

President Johnson signs the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

To rally support for the election of black candidates, King makes a “People to People” tour of the South.

April 15, 1966

Dr. King makes an anti-war statement at a Vietnam War protest in Washington, DC.

May 16, 1966

Dr. King, many civil rights leaders and supporters continue James Meredith’s “March Against Fear” after Meredith is shot.

June 8, 1966

Riots occur in 164 U.S. cities. The largest riots break out in Newark, New Jersey and Detroit, Michigan calling attention to the struggles faced by African Americans in Northern cities.

June 24, 1967

The SCLC forms and organizes the Poor People’s Campaign, a movement intended to alleviate poverty for Americans of all races and ethnicities.

December 14, 1967

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

April 4, 1968

April 7, 1968, declared a day of mourning, is marked by memorial events and religious services across the country. A silent march is held in Memphis, and on April 9, a funeral service at Ebenezer Baptist Church and a funeral procession take place in Atlanta.

April 7, 1968

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday bill, a measure proposed in every legislative session from 1968 by Rep. John Conyers is signed by President Ronald Reagan, declaring King’s birthday a national holiday. However, the first legal holiday nationwide does not occur until January 20, 1986.

November 2, 1983

George Sealey is catalyst for convening Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers Alfred Bailey, Oscar Little, Eddie Madison, and John Harvey, to propose building a national memorial to Dr. King. Their proposal is presented at the Fraternity’s Board of Director’s meeting, under the administration of General President Ozell Sutton.

January 9, 1984

President Clinton signs Congressional legislation proposing the establishment of a Memorial in the District of Columbia to honor Dr. King.

November 12, 1996

National Capital Memorial Commission votes to recommend Area 1.

January 10, 1998

Washington Post article is published: “King Memorial Takes a Step – Senate Bill Would Secure Prominent Site to Honor Slain Leader.” Joint Resolution 41 is introduced before the Senate by Senators Sarbanes (MD) and Warner (VA). Senator Landrieu (LA) was added as a co-sponsor.

February 27, 1998

Joint Resolution 113 introduced before the House of Representatives by Congressional members Morella (MD), Dixon (CA), and Cummings (MD) seeking Area 1 authorization.

March 4, 1998

Senator Cleland (GA) was added as a co-sponsor seeking Area 1 authorization.

March 5, 1998

Coretta Scott King agrees to serve as chairperson of the project’s Honorary Committee/ELC.

March 7, 1998

John Carter testifies before Senate subcommittee which oversees memorials in Washington, DC. Excerpt: “We now have an opportunity to break the trend of memorials to war and erect a monument which delivers a message of lifelong peace in our land. A memorial which embodies not just the image of Dr. King, but the image of America, which is often called the melting pot of the world.”

March 24, 1998

Charter for the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. approved.

May 28, 1998

House Joint Resolution 113 passed by the United States House of Representatives, giving the project Area 1 status.

June 22, 1998

Senate Joint Resolution 41 was passed by the United States Senate, giving the project Area 1 status.

June 25, 1998

National Capital Memorial Commission approved Area 1 – Constitutional Gardens.

October 1, 1998

BellSouth Corporation sponsored official MLK Memorial Web site.

January 15, 1999

A poster announcing the design competition is prepared and distributed internationally to all schools of architecture, professional community of architecture, designers and artists.

February 15, 1999

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) votes 6-5 in favor of approving the east end of Constitution Gardens as the site for the Memorial, against our recommendation and against the recommendation of their staff. At issue for the five members voting against the motion is an interest to give the Foundation an opportunity to prepare more analysis. However, it is important to note that not all members who spoke voiced their preference for the Constitution Gardens site.

March 4, 1999

The Project Team appears before the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA). Recommendation of the Tidal Basin site reviewed and the decision of the NCPC is shared with CFA. The CFA votes unanimously to reject the Constitution Gardens site as an area of consideration. Instead, they gave the Foundation a recommendation to study two additional sites, one on the west end of Constitution Gardens and another on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

April 8, 1999

Chairman Gantt asks the Commission to approve the Tidal Basin site. He also appoints Robert Gaines to chair a special task force of NCPC commissioners and Foundation members.

October 7, 1999

The NCPC votes unanimously to rescind its March 4, 1999, action approving the east end of Constitution Gardens and approves a four-acre site adjacent to the Tidal Basin along with the design parameters, as indicated in the October 21, 1999 agreement.

December 2, 1999

A design specifications package is completed and is ready for mailing to individuals registered for the design competition.

December 2, 1999

A panel of competition assessors is named. These individuals are from the professions of architecture, landscape architecture and fine arts. – Dr. Ed Jackson, Jr., Jury Chair, American Institute of Architects, Professional Practice Division, Washington, DC – Prof. James Chaffers, ArchD., AIA, University of Michigan, School of Architecture, Ann Arbor, MI – Charles Correa, Hon. FAIA, Bombay, India – Prof. Randalf Hester, Jr., ASLA, University of California, Landscape Architecture, Berkeley, CA – William Lawson, FAIA, General Services Administration, Washington, DC – Prof. Jon Lockard, Artist, University of Michigan, School of Art and Design, Ann Arbor, MI – Karen Phillips, FASLA, Abyssinian Development Corporation, New York, NY – Prof. LaVerne Wells-Bowie, Florida A&M University, School of Architecture, Tallahassee, FL – Ricardo Legorreta, Hon. FAIA, Mexico City, Mexico – Prof. Wu Liangyong, Hon. FAIA, Tsinghua University, School of Architecture, Beijing, China – Dr. Suha Ozkan, Ankara Turkey: Secretary General, The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Geneva, Switzerland

December 2, 1999

The site approval receives positive national media coverage, including CNN, NBC, ABC, COX, CBS and NPR. Over 78 articles are published in major newspapers, including the front page of the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.

December 3, 1999

The entry submitted by ROMA Design Group of San Francisco, California was selected as the winning design.

September 12, 2000

The Foundation launched the quiet phase of the fundraising campaign. General Motors was the first major sponsor.

March 5, 2001

The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) voted in favor of the Proposed design for the Memorial.

April 18, 2002

Morgan Freeman donated his time to create a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to raise awareness for the Memorial. In addition, Morgan Freeman voluntarily spoke to the media about the Memorial, including participation in an on-line discussion on Washingtonpost.com

July 7, 2002

Under the auspices of the National Parks Service (NPS), the Foundation initiated the Environmental Assessment of the proposed site.

November 15, 2002

A public scoping meeting was convened to solicit comments and concerns about the proposed Memorial program.

January 7, 2003

Senate Majority Leader Frist hosted the launch of the national media campaign developed by the Ad Council in collaboration with the advertising firm Saatchi & Saatchi. The PSAs feature Halle Berry and Al Roker.

May 7, 2003

Fortieth anniversary of historic March on Washington. Yahoo! puts Memorial on their home-page to help increase awareness for the Memorial and help drive donations to the Project.

August 28, 2003

Foundation granted Congressional extension to raise additional funds needed for ground-breaking of Memorial.

October 28, 2003

Foundation launched Faith-based initiative

January 8, 2004

Press briefing held to announce Devrouax and Purnell/ROMA Design Group Joint Ventures as Architects of Record

February 15, 2004

Procter and Gamble partnership established

June 15, 2004

Tommy Hilfiger Corporation extends loan-executive to support Foundation staff

July 5, 2004

Ed Dwight contracted to sculpt Stone of Hope donor gifts

July 14, 2004

American Urban Radio Network partnership established.

September 14, 2004

Tavis Smiley produced radio PSA.

September 20, 2004

Morgan Freeman, Samaire Armstrong, and Bishop McClendon produced individual television PSAs.

October 12, 2004

Tommy Hilfiger Corporation produces ELC fundraising video.

November 10, 2004

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation Announces $5 Million Fundraising Goal for Black History Month; Adds Aggressive Public Phase to “Build the Dream” Campaign.

January 31, 2005

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation and NCAA partner together: Model of MLK Memorial to be displayed at NCAA Hall of Champions.

March 29, 2005

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Launches Faith-Based Initiative on Anniversary of King Assassination; Michigan Faith-Based Community to Raise $1 Million to Help Build Memorial.

April 1, 2005

Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation Hosts Celebrity Golf Tournament to Benefit Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial; $1 Million Contribution to Help Build Major Memorial on National Mall.

June 10, 2005

Momentum Builds as U.S. Senate Votes to Provide $10 Million towards Building of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on National Mall

June 28, 2005

“Kids for King” Program Launches to Commemorate 1963 March on Washington and ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech.

August 22, 2005

Toyota makes special announcement about the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

September 23, 2005

San Francisco Dream Dinner Nets $2.5 Million to Memorial Project.

November 19, 2005

National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) Unanimously Approves Preliminary Design for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

December 1, 2005

Memorial Foundation launched the Dream Keepers College Program to engage college students across the country in efforts to build a Memorial in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The program contributed over $45,000 towards Dr. King’s Memorial. R&B recording artist Chris Brown endorsed the Memorial Project by wearing the Dream Keepers t-shirt on his website.

January 17, 2006

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity set 2006 fundraising goal of $300,000 towards the Memorial Project, once again exceeding their goal by 140% by contributing $421,381 dollars.

January 24, 2006

Memorial Foundation mourned the passing of Executive Leadership Cabinet Co-Chair, Coretta Scott King.

January 30, 2006

$10 million Congressional match achieved with the announcement of The Walt Disney Company Foundation donation. Senators Byrd and Cochran were the driving force behind the match.

February 1, 2006

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation awards grant of $25,000 to Foundation.

February 15, 2006

The Los Angeles Dream Dinner raises 3.1 million dollars for the Memorial Foundation. Disney President and CEO Bob Iger chaired the event that is held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Walt Disney Company Foundation donates 2.75 million dollars and underwrote the evening’s gala.

February 28, 2006

Memorial Foundation partners with “Charity Folks” for an on-line fundraising auction featuring one-of-a-kind items from celebrities including Morgan Freeman, Usher, Ben Affleck, and Laurence Fishburne. The auction ended on March 31st and raised $68,000 for the Memorial Project.

March 2, 2006

The South African government presents $100,000 check to the Memorial Foundation.

March 8, 2006

During March 16th Commission of Fine Arts hearing the Memorial Foundation receives preliminary approval from the National Park Service to add a Visitor’s Information Center at the Memorial site which will include a Donor’s Wall to recognize our high level donors who contribute one millions dollars cash to the Memorial Project.

March 15, 2006

Memorial Foundation begins the purchase of long-lead items such as the selection and tagging of oak trees for the Memorial site.

March 25, 2006

Foundation appears before the National Capital Planning Commission on April 6th and receives praise for the beauty and grandeur of the winning design, particularly the relationship between the Mountain of Despair and the Stone of Hope. The NCPC unanimously agrees to grant the Foundation approval to proceed with the final design phase of the project.

April 15, 2006

State Farm Insurance donates one million dollars to the Memorial Foundation.

April 22, 2006

PepsiCo Foundation donates one million dollars to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

May 5, 2006

Burton D. Morgan Foundation awards $50,000 grant to support Memorial Project.

May 15, 2006

BET commits $250,000 multi-year gift to Dr. King’s Memorial.

May 25, 2006

Faith-based direct-mail initiative launched. During 2006, the faith-based direct mail initiative and other campaigns contributed $296,000 to the Memorial Project.

June 28, 2006

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity re-dedicates future site of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on anniversary of Fraternity’s Centennial Celebration.

July 15, 2006

ExxonMobil Foundation commemorates the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a one million dollar contribution to the National Memorial Project

July 25, 2006

The U.S. Department of the Interior certified the documentation of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation’s ten million dollar appropriation.

August 7, 2006

GE announces donation of one million dollars on August 28th as the Memorial Foundation commemorate the 43rd Anniversary of the March on Washington.

August 15, 2006

Memorial Foundation marks anniversary of “I Have a Dream” speech by announcing 12 Kids for King National Essay Program participants to be flown to DC for the Ceremonial Groundbreaking. Kids for King National Essay Program is extended with announcement of 38 additional participants to be selected in October.

August 25, 2006

FedEx announces major gift of one million dollars to the Memorial Foundation.

September 5, 2006

38 additional Kids for King National Essay Program participants selected for a total of 50 to be flown to the November 13th Ceremonial Groundbreaking of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. The travel and hotel accommodations for each of these 50 participants and their chaperones (parents and/or guardian) were provided through the generosity of our corporate sponsors, Continental Airlines and J.W. Marriott, Jr.

October 15, 2006

Memorial Foundation Design Team visits China, touring granite quarries and fabrication sites.

October 26, 2006

Thousands attend the Ceremonial Groundbreaking on the National Mall co-hosted by Tavis Smiley and Soledad O’Brien. Those in attendance include Presidents Bush and Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Senator Barack Obama, Diane Sawyer, Dr. King’s children – Yolanda, Martin III and Bernice, Members of the President’s Cabinet, Members of Congress, Greek-letter organization leaders and members, various civil rights icons, spiritual leaders, corporate sponsors, families and friends celebrate the historic event. Kathleen Battle sang the National Anthem while entertainment was provided by BeBe Winans, Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Byron Cage and The Ebenezer AME Church Choir.

November 13, 2006

National Dream Dinner Gala is held at the Kennedy Center the evening of the Ceremonial Groundbreaking. Hosted by Nick Cannon, hundreds of supporters, corporate sponsors, family and friends were entertained by Gladys Knight and Michael Bolton. The event raised 7.2 million dollars gross and netted 5.2 million dollars for the Memorial Foundation.

November 13, 2006

Dallas Faith-based initiative contributes over $135,000 to the Memorial Project.

November 15, 2006

GE donates additional “end-of-the-year” gift of $200,000 to Memorial Foundation.

December 5, 2006

Council of Historians recommends Dr. King’s words for the Memorial.

December 15, 2006

Executives, supporters and sponsors of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial rang the NYSE Opening Bell to kick off the inaugural year of construction of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

January 5, 2007

CIGNA, Shell Oil Company, and the Verizon Foundation will each announce a $1 million contribution tomorrow to help build a memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Mall. The $3 million in new contributions will increase the Memorial’s fund-raising total to $76 million with a needed $120 million to complete the project.

January 14, 2007

Sony Pictures today announced the company will donate 2.5% (approximately $650,000) of the opening weekend box office receipts of STOMP THE YARD to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.

January 15, 2007

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce the selected quotations from Dr. King’s writing, sermons and speeches to be engraved onto the Memorial Wall. The Foundation will also announce the sculptor who will carve the image of Dr. King into the Stone of Hope.

February 15, 2007

TV One and the Washington, DC Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation announced today that TV One has signed as an official media partner of the initiative to build a memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Mall. As a media partner to the Memorial Project Foundation, TV One will help build awareness of the planned memorial and raise donations from consumers interested in supporting it.

February 20, 2007

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. announced today that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) will donate $1 million to help build the King memorial on the National Mall. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Congressman James E. Clyburn, and Congressman John Lewis participated in the afternoon ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

February 27, 2007

In Memoriam – Jack Valenti On behalf of the Executive Leadership Cabinet (ELC), Board of Directors and staff of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc we express our deepest sympathy on the death of our friend and ELC member, Jack Valenti. He was a tremendous supporter of the Memorial Project and will truly be missed.

April 26, 2007

The Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project moved another step closer to the needed $120 million for its completion as a result of a $1 million contribution by Prudential Financial, Inc.

May 7, 2007

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. announced today that Tommy Hilfiger, Russell Simmons, Quincy Jones, Joel Horowitz, David Stern and Edgar Bronfman, Jr. will spearhead a one-night only concert to benefit the building of Dr. King’s Memorial on the National Mall. The Dream Concert will be an historic gathering of all-star musicians to be announced in the near future.

May 15, 2007

In Memoriam – Yolanda King On behalf of the Executive Leadership Cabinet (ELC), Board of Directors and staff of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc., we mourn the loss of Yolanda King who fought for racial harmony.

May 15, 2007

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. announced today it will host a June 27 Houston Dream Dinner to help raise the remaining funds to build the memorial on the National Mall. Dinner Co-Chairs include boxing legend George Foreman, Shell Oil Co. President John Hofmeister, Continental Airlines Chairman and CEO Larry Kellner, and BP America, Inc. CEO Robert A. Malone, Jeff Moseley, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, is also playing a major role in helping organize the dinner.

May 24, 2007

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. announced today that the McKissack & McKissack / Turner Construction Company / Gilford Corporation / Tompkins Builders, Inc. Joint Venture will serve as the Design-Build team for the memorial.

June 5, 2007

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. announced today that Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Carlos Santana, Robin Thicke, Bebe Winans, Cece Winans and Jessye Norman are the first performers to join the all-star line up for The Dream Concert to benefit the building of the Memorial on the National Mall. The Foundation also announced Al Roker as a special guest presenter and Ben Affleck, Shaquille O’Neal and LaDanian Tomlinson have agreed to join the Concert’s Host Committee. The Dream Concert will be held at Radio City Music Hall on September 18, 2007, with tickets available to the general public this summer. Go to http://www.thedreamconcert.com for more information.

June 20, 2007

Nationwide Foundation Donates $1 Million at the Atlanta Dream Dinner Lifting Funds to $94.8 Million.

June 20, 2007

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. announced today that Garth Brooks, Joss Stone, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, and Queen Latifah have joined the all-star line up for The Dream Concert to benefit the building of the Memorial on the National Mall. Tickets for The Dream Concert, which will be held at Radio City Music Hall on September 18, 2007 at 8 p.m. ,go on sale to the public on Monday, July 30th at 9:00 a.m.

June 23, 2007

Georgia Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson joined Harry E. Johnson, President and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc., on a tour of Stone Mountain, GA on Sunday, July 22. They surveyed granite quarries to explore potential stone to be used for the four-acre King memorial which will be situated on the National Mall. Stone Mountain is the site symbolically referenced by Dr. King in his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

June 23, 2007

A press conference was held by New York City Ministers announcing their joint back of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. Co-conveners of the press conference, Reverends Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, Dr. Floyd H. Flake, Dr. James A. Forbes, and Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, joined forces as a Host Committee to publicly announce their support of the “Build the Dream” campaign, with each making a personal pledge of $10,000 toward the $500,000.00 goal to be accomplished by NYC ministers and houses of worships.

January 15, 2008

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. today launches The “Build the Dream Blog” to blog on going efforts to “Build The Dream,” as well as news and events related to those efforts – and, of course, to Dr. King.

January 18, 2008

Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, was joined by President George W. Bush to commemorate the King Holiday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC.

January 21, 2008

“Dream Keepers” College Program, an initiative to engage college students across the country in efforts to build a memorial in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the prestigious National Mall in Washington, DC. is re-launched.

January 21, 2008

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) announced a $3 million donation to the Washington, DC, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc in honor of Black History Month. The WKKF gift signifies the largest private foundation contribution for the Memorial. Martin Luther King, III, Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President and CEO of the Memorial Foundation, and Sterling Speirn, President of the WKKF, announced the donation in an audio call with reporters.

January 30, 2008

The CW11/WPIX, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York CW affiliate announced it will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an original special “Justice, Equality & Hope: Legacy of Martin Luther King” on Saturday, February 23 at 10:30pm and April 4 at 10:30pm. The program, hosted by CW11 Morning News’ Tiffany McElroy, profiles Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and takes a historical look at the confluence of events that helped shape the Civil Rights movement.

February 11, 2008

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. today announced a $1 million donation by the Pfizer Foundation to help build the memorial. The check presentation took place at the Pfizer world-wide headquarters in New York where Harry E. Johnson, Sr, President and CEO of the Memorial Foundation joined several senior Pfizer executives for the announcement.

February 14, 2008

The African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) was honored in Washington, DC for spearheading a national fundraising effort among credit unions from across the country. The total donations from credit unions to the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc have reached $1.2 million.

February 29, 2008

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. today relaunches www.April4.org to commemorate the assasination of Dr. King.

April 4, 2008

The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. today launches The March to Build the Dream” a “Friends Asking Friends” which brings friends and families together to form teams and help raise money to support the foundation.

April 4, 2008

The King Center to be Honored at Atlanta ‘Dream Dinner’ for Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

June 5, 2008

The Coca-Cola Company, Nationwide Insurance, Delta Air Lines to Participate in June 19th Atlanta ‘Dream Dinner’ for Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

June 12, 2008

In Memoriam – Alfred C. Bailey. Statement by Harry E. Johnson, Sr. President and CEO Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. on the death of Alfred C. Bailey.

July 29, 2008

Celebrities, Athletes, Politicians Join Forces in Clear Channel Radio’s Radiothon for Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

July 31, 2008

Verizon Begins Phase 1 Site Preparation for Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on Eve of March on Washington 45th Anniversary.

August 12, 2008

Statement from Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation about U.S. Commission of Fine Arts Approval of Memorial Design.

September 18, 2008

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation Submits Request for Construction Permit to The National Park Service.

October 1, 2008

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Dream Campaign Heads to Miami.

November 14, 2008

President Bill Clinton to Headline Miami Dream Dinner for Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

November 19, 2008

$12.5 Million Letter of Credit from Wal-Mart Foundation to Expedite Construction of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

November 20, 2008

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation Leadership to Provide Briefing to Civil Rights Pioneers.

November 25, 2008

Civil Rights Pioneers Visit Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Site and Vow to Support Memorial.

December 4, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr. National Foundation Announces $1 Million Gift from UnitedHealth Group. .

December 8, 2008

Former President Bill Clinton, Knight Foundation, and South Floridians Join In Miami To Build Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

January 9, 2009

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial to Host February 17 Chicago Dream Dinner. Boeing and Exelon Foundation to Co-Chair Event.

January 14, 2009

Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation Announces $1.25 Million Gift from Travelers.

January 17, 2009

Exelon Foundation Donates $1 Million To Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial On Dr. King’s Holiday.

January 19, 2009

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Dream Campaign Heads To Chicago.

February 5, 2009

Illinois Corporations, Foundations, Politicians Turn Out in Chicago.

February 19, 2009

Memorial Foundation Launches “Facebook” to Assist With Fundraising Efforts.

March 17, 2009

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Implements “Text Messaging” as an Effective Fundraising Tool.

April 2, 2009

In Memorial – Jack Kemp We were all saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Jack Kemp on Saturday, May 2, 2009. As a member of both the Executive Leadership Cabinet (ELC) and Board of Directors of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King. Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation Inc., Mr. Kemp provided invaluable advice and counsel to the Memorial Foundation for over ten years. He was also a very vocal supporter of the need to build a national memorial to honor Dr. King — someone he referenced on many occasions over the years when recounting his experiences during the infancy of the civil rights struggle. We will sincerely miss Mr. Kemp’s wisdom and untiring support of our efforts and hope his family and friends will find comfort in the coming days, knowing he was a great American and a great friend to us all. Our condolences and deepest sympathies are extended to his family. Harry E. Johnson, Sr. President & CEO

May 4, 2009

U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan to speak at live press conference commemorating the 46th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

August 12, 2009

NFL Players Association has pledged to raise and donate $1 million to the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.

September 23, 2009

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today signed a permit allowing construction of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall.

October 29, 2009

Charles A. Harvey, Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls, Vice President, Diversity and Public Affairs, announced the donation of $100,000 at the Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, MI.

December 17, 2009

The leadership of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation announced today an extension of the Kids For King Education Initiative.

March 31, 2010

In Memoriam – Dr. Dorothy Height On behalf of the Executive Leadership Cabinet, the Board of Directors and the staff of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. we wish to extend our sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Dorothy Height. Dr. Height worked very closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., her voice is one that was a constent reminder of equality and one of advocacy. Dr. Height was an ardent supporter of the efforts to build a National Memorial honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Like many Americans we shall miss her sage wisdom and more so, her presence, when we dedicate the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in the third quarter of 2011. We at the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation will miss her tremendously. Harry E. Johnson, Sr. President & CEO

April 20, 2010

PEPCO Donates $300,000 to Build Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

April 28, 2010

Delta Air Lines Employees and Customers Raised $1 Million for the MLK Memorial.

May 7, 2010

New “MLK Construction Cam” is up and running; providing current photos of the construction site on the National Mall.

June 3, 2010

In Memoriam – Senator Robert C. Byrd WASHINGTON, DC — On behalf of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. we wish to extend our sincere condolences on the passing of Senator Robert Byrd. In June 2005, Senator Byrd was instrumental in securing federal funding to help build the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. Senator Byrd once commented that he came to understand and believe that Dr. King’s dream was the American dream. We at the Washington, DC Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial will always remember the important contribution Senator Byrd made to the building of this historic memorial in the true spirit of equality for all Americans. Harry E. Johnson, Sr. President & CEO

June 28, 2010

The MLK Construction Section of the “Build the Dream” website has launched. The new section includes construction updates, an interactive timeline, and The MLK Construction Cam to visit the Construction Section of the website and check back often as new features will be added to the section.

July 30, 2010

The LEADERSHIP of the WASHINGTON, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. announced nine student winners of the Kids for King Education Initiative during an event on the National Mall.

September 16, 2010

Nicholas Benson, Stone Carver for Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Wins Prestigious Macarthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

September 28, 2010

Bernice King and Martin Luther King, III, children of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visits Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Site.

October 8, 2010

Ambassador Andrew Young Tours Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Site.

November 11, 2010

Members of the press are invited to an exclusive, hard-hat tour of the site.

December 1, 2010

MTTG Joint Venture Donates $1M to MLK Memorial Foundation, Creates Regional Scholarship Program for High School Seniors.

March 3, 2011

ROMA Design Group Visits MLK Memorial Site.

March 9, 2011

MLK Memorial Foundation Announces Plans for August 28 MLK Memorial Dedication.

May 10, 2011

The Memorial Foundation was incorporated.

August 9, 2012