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Rep. John Lewis on Prudential Financial's $1 Million Gift to King Memorial

May 7, 2007
Press Release

Congressman Lewis made this statement in response to Prudential Financial's generosity.

            "I want to thank  Art Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, for having the vision  and the foresight to make this $1 million contribution to the building of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.  Your contribution is an important step down a very long road to honor a great American who changed this nation forever.  Dr. King was not a politician; he was not a president or a member of Congress.  He was a simple Baptist preacher who became the greatest moral leader of his time.  He spoke to the conscience of us all telling us that the transformative power of love, the way of peace, the way of non-violence is a better way, a more excellent way. 

"He inspired millions of Americans across this nation and human beings around the world to believe that we could create a Beloved Community based on simple justice that values the dignity and the worth of every human being.  And because of what he did and what he sacrificed, he must be looked upon as one of the founding fathers of the New America, a nation he help awaken to the true meaning of its creed.   This generous contribution helps bring the foundation closer to the building of a moving memorial to Martin Luther King Jr.--to the man, to his philosophy, to his dream and all that he stood for.  Thank you."