Mission and Vision Statement of The Memorial Foundation

Mission Statement
The Memorial Foundation, Inc. exists to promote awareness around the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial located in Washington, DC and its tenets of Democracy, Justice, Love, and Hope as well as to support the general upkeep of the Memorial in future years.

Vision Statement
Our vision is of a world in which the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC serves as a beacon that inspires people around the globe to apply the principles of Democracy, Justice, Love, and Hope to guide their lives.

The Foundation's Origin

The Board of Directors and Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation maintained the vision that the King Memorial would be more than simply a monument, but rather a living memorial and space where people from all walks of life can visit and be inspired to live a life based on the principles of Democracy, Justice, Love, and Hope.

Not soon after the completion of the King Memorial, the leadership of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation began to think of the best way to ensure that their vision would continue.

In August 2012, one year after the King Memorial’s opening, the Friends of the Memorial Foundation was launched under the continued leadership of Harry E. Johnson, Sr.

The Memorial Foundation will achieve its mission by creating innovative educational programs, providing opportunities for meaningful exchanges of ideas, honoring individuals that implement Dr. King's values, and encouraging traffic to and the upkeep of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.