Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Project Receives $600,000 Corporate Gift

The Washington, DC, Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation is the recipient of $600,000 from BellSouth. The gift was announced on Wednesday as hundreds of BellSouth employees joined with leaders within the African American community to pay tribute to the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We commend BellSouth for their contribution which brings us one step closer to memorializing Dr. King, his message and his movement," said Dr. Paul Du Bois, executive director, Washington, DC, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. "The Memorial in Washington will serve as a lasting reminder of an extraordinary leader whose dream and philosophy changed a nation."

BellSouth is the first telecommunications company to support the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. In addition to a $300,000 cash contribution, BellSouth has designed, created, and hosted the National Memorial Web site (, an in-kind gift valued at $300,000.

The Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation is a project of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. of which Dr. King was a member. In 1998, the fraternity was authorized by the U.S. Congress to establish a foundation to manage the fundraising and design of the memorial to Dr. King.