DALLAS — One of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s many messages of empowerment centered on the pooling of economic resources through various cooperatives such as credit unions as a way to uplift communities.

That idea along with King’s mission of equality was the impetus behind the Texas Credit Union League making a $10,000 donation towards the fundraising campaign run by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The memorial, the first to honor an African-American on the National Mall in Washington, will be situated adjacent to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and in a direct line between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. The groundbreaking took place on Nov. 13, 2006 and the memorial is scheduled to be completed in 2009. So far, $82 million of the $100 million needed to build the memorial has been raised, according to the foundation, www.buildthedream.org.

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