We are pleased to announce that we are nearing the end of our campaign to raise $250,000 to build a monument honoring the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In order to be permanently recognized at the time of the unveiling we need your donation by July 21, 2014. For a donation of $200.00 you can purchase a brick, have it inscribed and placed on the site.
If you or your organization are interested in becoming a sponsor and permanently recognized on a bronze plaque please go to the sponsorship tab of the website. This is an opportunity for you and your family to become a part of Bergen County history.
Go to the Donate Page of the web site, a contribution of any amount would be greatly appreciated…
Now is the time for action - please help by being part of this most memorable and meaningful project… Thanks you for your support…
Visit to Richard Blake's Studio in Lancaster PA. March 26, 2014
Richard Blake (on one knee) and five of the committee members with the 7-foot-4-inch clay figure of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as it stands in the studio.
The monument depicts Dr. King standing atop of a pile of rough rock, symbolic of that figurative mountaintop of equality. He is shown wearing a scholarly robe, carrying a scroll and a book, to symbolize his knowledge. The figure will be placed on top of an octagonal slab of granite.
Blake has spent countless hours molding the oil-based clay to get the largest and the tiniest of details in the face, hands and clothing of the slain civil rights leader just right. He will work three more weeks on those details, before the model begins the process of being turned into bronze.
The committe had planned the dedication of the monument for sometime in June, however the extreme winter weather may cause construction delays at the site and delay the dedication.
Please show your support and donate. We’re striving to keep the dream alive.
Bergen County Martin Luther King, Jr.
P. O. Box 3128 Teaneck, New Jersey 07666-3128