2009 will be filled with more history than just having the first African-American president inaugurated because according to AOL Black Voice’s, $100 million has been raised to fund the building of a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington D.C. The actual memorial will cost approximately $120 million but the $100 million is more than enough to start construction. The memorial will be built some time this year in a 4-acre corner of the National Mall in between the Jefferson & Lincoln Memorials. Memorial Supporter Former President Bill Clinton had this to say.
“I signed the legislation authorizing the memorial. I thought it ought to be on the National Mall because that’s where he delivered his most important speech. … Just nine days after my 17th birthday, and I could still quote that speech today. It changed America in profound ways.”