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March 05, 2008

MetLife Raises Cash for MLK Memorial

The MetLife Foundation has pledged $2 million to the planned Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. "I am proud that MetLife has joined our family of supporters which includes corporations, foundations, and citizens worldwide," said Harry E. Johnson Sr., president and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation Inc. "Now is the time to make history - now is the time for others to follow the lead of MetLife Foundation and to make a contribution of any amount to this lasting memorial to Dr. King and the ideals of hope, democracy, justice, and love for which he stood."

The donation from MetLife Foundation brings the Memorial Foundation's total to $93 million. Other donors include General Motors, Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation, NBA/WNBA, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Walt Disney Co. Foundation, Coca-Cola Foundation, The Ford Motor Fund, Toyota, AARP, AFLAC, BP America, Inc., CIGNA, DuPont, ExxonMobil Foundation, Fannie Mae Corporation, FedEx Corp., GE, Ann and Joel Horowitz Family Foundation, Sheila C. Johnson-Newman, Lehman Brothers, George Lucas, MacFarlane Partners, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, McDonald's Corp., National Association of Realtors, National Education Association, PepsiCo Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Pfizer Foundation, Prudential Financial, Inc., Shell Oil Co., State Farm Insurance, Verizon, Verizon Foundation, Viacom, Wal-Mart and Morehouse College.

The $100 million monument is being built on a four-acre site near the Lincoln Memorial, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963. The memorial is slated to open in 2009 as the first monument to an African-American on the National Mall.

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