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Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In the 43 years since King’s assassination, African-Americans have made tremendous progress, and the legacy of Dr. King has continued to live strong.

Today, a short distance from where King delivered his famed “I Have a Dream” speech, a 28-foot-tall statue of the slain civil rights leader has risen as part of a new memorial that will be dedicated in August.

Two years ago, talks began to build this historic memorial on the National Mall for Dr. King. Millions have been raised for this landmark monument which will be dedicated on August 28th, 2011. So far, only $111 million of the $120 million goal has been raised.

We at NewsOne have decided to help this memorial reach its goal with your assistance.

As we celebrate his legacy and his vision of freedom and equality for all mankind, we encourage you to contribute to the memorial today by donating a small portion of only $5 in hopes of meeting the remaining goal and helping to put the final touches on this historic work.

To donate $5 from your mobile phone follow this simple 2-step process to follow:

STEP 1: Text MLK to 20222

STEP 2: You will receive a text asking you to confirm your $5.00 donation. Please note that in order for your donation to be processed, you must reply to this “confirmation” text message.

A one-time donation of $5.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the MLK Memorial Foundation by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at . Messaging & Data Rates May Apply. All donations must be authorized by the account holder. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to short code 20222; text HELP to 20222 for help.

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MLK Memorial takes shape on National Mall

A close look at the MLK Jr Memorial