Washington D.C. soon will be home to yet another monument. This one honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Construction has begun at the site where King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech in 1963. It is being built on four acres of land near the Lincoln Memorial. President George W. Bush said the site between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials was a good location for King’s monument. “By its presence in this place, it will unite the men who declared the promise of America and defended the promise of America with the man who redeemed the promise of America,” he said. King’s monument will be the first for an African-American on the National Mall. More than $65.5 million has been donated for the project. Corporations provided what has been called “critical” support with General Motors donated $10 million and Tommy Hilfiger giving $5 million. Hilfiger, who says his family was affected when King was assassinated, is teaming up Russell Simmons to raise $35 million for the project over the next six months. “You could compare it to the assassination of JFK,” Hilfiger said. “It was so significant in our lives as teens and young people. It was earth-shattering.”

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