According to Nina Price, General Motors' diversity communication manager, the company signed on to help with the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., when plans were announced some 10 years ago.
The dedication of the memorial is August 28th, and to preview it, GM's Chevrolet division has launched its Table of Brotherhood Project. The project gathers together elected officials, community advocates, and other interested parties "to discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the lens of four permeating issues: education, the economy, healthcare, and cultural diversity and tolerance." The project is also, appropriately for a car company, a road trip. The first event was held in Atlanta last week. The next stop is Memphis, on Saturday, August 13th, at the National Civil Rights Museum. From there, it's off to Chicago and then to D.C. for the dedication.
The Table of Brotherhood Project does involve a table — three to be exact, created by Brooklyn artist Scott Tucker out of sycamore to symbolize strength, beauty, and perseverance. The tables seat 10 and are signed by participants of the talks. They will be donated later to yet to be determined venues.
Price says that the Atlanta event went very well and drew 1,500 attendees. Director Spike Lee was among those seated at the table. The Memphis event will be moderated by journalist Roland Martin. And while details are still being ironed out as to who will be seated around the table, the lineup so far promises a doozy of a conversation. Among the lineup: Adrienne Bailey, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis; former Mayor Willie Herenton; radio icon Stan Bell; firefighter and activist Sandra Roberts; and Otis Moss Jr., who marched with King.
"We're honored to be a part of the Martin Luther King Memorial, to make this dream a reality," Price says. "Finally, it's less than 30 days away."
Table of Brotherhood at the National Civil Rights Museum, Saturday, August 13th, 2-6 p.m. chevrolet.com/experience/chevrolet-mlk/