Tommy Hilfiger On The New King Memorial

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Among those answering the call to support the Martin Luther King National Memorial were college students from North Carolina Central University, a grandmother from Statesville touched by the man and his movement, and one of America's best known fashion designers who demonstrated commitment before construction ever started.

Clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger got in on the ground floor.

"We we're the first American corporation to make a large donation," he said. "We made a donation of five million dollars, 10 years ago."

Like so many others moved by this King's life, calling, and contributions Hilfiger still remembers to shock of April 4th, 1968.

It was the day that King was murdered.

He recalled, "It was frightening. It was rattling. It was Oh my God are we losing one of the forefathers and what happens now."

Hilfiger found another way of giving back. Everyone who attended the official dedication received a commemorative cap he designed which created a sea of white.

We knew it was going to be a sunny day and what can we do for the audience and we decided to create a cap to keep the sun out of their eyes and a cool memento," he said.

By making such a sizeable donation to this memorial, the well known fashion mogul is hoping King's legacy will leave a lasting impression on his children.

"I want them to understand it. Honor it. Look forward in life to know that dreams do come true and morally be great citizens."

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