Nelly Donates 50k To Martin Luther King Jr. Monument

St. Louis, Missouri

native Nelly presented a $50,000 check as a donation to the Martin Luther King

Memorial Project Foundation.

The donation will help build

a memorial on the mall in Washington, D.C., in honor of the civil rights legend,

who was assassinated in 1968.

Founders of the project

hope that the monument will educate people about King and his accomplishments.

"I think anytime you

can be in conjunction with a great man such as Dr. King, it's only right,"

Nelly told the St. Louis American.

The memorial will cost almost

$100 million dollars to build and maintain. Organizers say they have already

raised $65 million.

The foundation has until

2006 to collect the additional $35 million to break ground and start building

the monument.

"The memorial

will commemorate King's legacy and belief that every human being is valuable

and necessary and that each of us is universally deserving of equitable access

to the democratic ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,"

said Harry Johnson, president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Monument

Project Foundation.