FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              
Contact: Deriece K. Bennett
May 17 , 2007                                                                        (410) 841-3185

Maryland Becomes The First State To Contribute To The Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial

Annapolis, MD- With the passage of HB 51-Creation of State Debt- Maryland Consolidated Capital Loan of 2007, the state of Maryland becomes the first in the nation to contribute to the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial. A state debt in the amount of $500,000 is to be awarded Washington D.C, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.

The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland commendably gained unanimous support for this bond bill “to pay homage to one of the greatest civil rights leaders of all time,” a memorable leader who has inspired persons of diverse backgrounds.

Delegate Herman L. Taylor, Jr., sponsor of this measure commended the Caucus and the General Assembly for their diligent and unprecedented efforts to create a bond bill to allocate state funds to the memorial project.

In February, the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland along with Governor O’Malley sponsored a plaque dedication ceremony and reception to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during Black History Month.