DuPont Donates $1 Million to Develop New Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Dedication Scheduled for Sunday in Washington, D.C.; DuPont Diversity Choir to Perform at Dedication

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The memorial will serve as an important icon in honoring the values Dr. King lived by. This contribution is another step in our long tradition of supporting his vision and what he stood for.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 13, 2011

DuPont has donated $1 million toward the development of the national memorial in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The memorial will be dedicated Sunday, Oct. 16.

“The memorial will serve as an important icon in honoring the values Dr. King lived by,” said DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman. “This contribution is another step in our long tradition of supporting his vision and what he stood for. We are honored to continue our support and help the memorial evolve from a great idea into a reality.”    

Following authorization by the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 to establish a memorial to honor Dr. King, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation created the memorial that “will honor the values that empowered Dr. King’s leadership, including courage and truth, unconditional love and forgiveness, justice and equality, reconciliation and peace.” The memorial was designed to convey four fundamental and recurring themes of Dr. King’s life: democracy, justice, hope and love. For more information about the memorial, visit http://www.mlkmemorial.org.

For 20 years, DuPont has sponsored the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration event in Wilmington, Del., and in communities throughout the United States where DuPont has operations for the community and its employees since 1991.

The DuPont Diversity Choir will perform at the “Morning Joy” event at 8:00 a.m. Sunday at the dedication ceremony. More than 50 members strong, the choir will honor Dr. King with a selection of powerful and moving songs chosen especially for the occasion. DuPont leaders and employees also will attend the dedication ceremony and celebration events Sunday.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit: http://www.dupont.com.

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