Catholic Charities USA President Rev. Larry Snyder Statement on Official Dedication (10/16/11) of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Oct 14, 2011, 09:00 ET from Catholic Charities USA

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "When we look at all the human values and freedoms that our country stands for, few Americans have embodied those virtues at a higher level than the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. His single-minded passion and courage touched our hearts and changed our minds forevermore. All of us at Catholic Charities have long admired and cherished the man and his lifetime message."

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"In 2009, Catholic Charities USA created the 'Keep the Dream Alive Mass and Awards'—an annual event to honor Dr. King on his birthday. How fitting that our Nation's capital is now graced by a beautiful bas relief sculpture and edifice—in a direct line between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials—that conveys a permanent visual memory of this great leader and a moving inspiration for all generations to come. We share prayerful remembrance and respect in tribute."

For more information about the 2012 Keep The Dream Alive Mass and Awards, visit: http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/page.aspx?pid=1942.

Catholic Charities USA's members provide help and create hope for more than 10 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies have worked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing. In 2010, Catholic Charities USA celebrated its centennial anniversary.

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