The General Motors Foundation, GM’s public outreach and philanthropy division, has announced that it donated $50,000 to the National Park Foundation. The donation, according to the automaker, is meant “to help fund the 50th anniversary commemoration of the historic 1963 March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.”
In a press release, GM stated that the “grant will help bring Wednesday’s events on the National Mall to people across the nation and around the world.” A public march along the landmark August 28, 1963 route ended at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where President Obama addressed the nation from the very spot where Dr. King delivered his speech 50 years ago during the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony.
“The GM Foundation believes that Dr. King’s dream of equality and peace is just as powerful and resonate a half century later,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “We proudly support this week’s events in the hopes that future generations will continue to be inspired by Dr. King’s vision and message.”
According to a General Motors press release, the automaker has been a longtime supporter of Dr. King’s vision of diversity and inclusion through support of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Since fundraising for the monument commenced in 2006, GM has contributed more than $10 million to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation.