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AARP Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Million Dollar Contribution to National Memorial

AARP, the nation’s largest organization for Americans age 50 and older, has contributed one million dollars to the construction of a memorial on the National Mall to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“AARP’s leaders share and promote Dr. King’s national and international commitment to world peace through non-violent social change,” explained AARP CEO Bill Novelli. “America’s true strength lies in its diversity of people. The vision of the memorial captures Dr. King’s message of freedom, democracy and opportunity for all.”

AARP has a longstanding commitment to helping all Americans age with dignity, respect and purpose. As part of that commitment, Novelli noted, “AARP’s membership, leadership, programs and services all strive to reflect the diversity of the nation. In addition, we work hard to create and maintain a workplace culture that respects and values individual differences, enabling employees and volunteers from diverse backgrounds to perform and contribute to their full potential.”

One recent example was AARP’s instrumental role in collecting and preserving the memories of the past for the “Voices of Civil Rights” project with the Library of Congress and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

“We must not forget how far we have come as a nation,” continued Novelli. “This memorial is one more way we can honor those who lived through the struggle and continue to ensure their stories are not lost forever.”

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, www.aarp.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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