MGM Resorts International Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination with Donation to National Civil Rights Museum
TUNICA, Miss. (April 3, 2018) – MGM Resorts International, (NYSE: MGM) parent company of Gold Strike Casino Resort, donated $150,000 to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. The funds will support the Museum’s programming surrounding the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, which took place at the Lorraine Motel, now the location of the National Civil Rights Museum, as well as enhancements of the museum’s physical plant.
The National Civil Rights Museum, in conjunction with partner organizations and civil rights leaders across the country, has structured a year-long program of events and activities to encourage others to continue the Civil Rights Movement while focusing on the theme, “MLK50 - Where Do We Go From Here.”
Through the years, Gold Strike Casino Resort has developed a strong partnership with the Museum. In what has become a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tradition, resort employees travel to Memphis and volunteer by providing directional assistance and venue information to guests visiting the Museum’s annual King Day celebration. Gold Strike also is a proud supporter of the Museum’s Freedom Award.
Gold Strike and MGM Resorts are committed to continuing their support of the Museum and its mission through collaborative efforts including both financial contributions and volunteer efforts.
“The 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. King presents an opportunity for our entire nation to reflect on his vision of the equality of all humanity – the essence of our modern-day inclusion values, and his struggle to abolish poverty, injustice and violence among all mankind. This occasion also gives our country yet another chance to join in his quest for spiritual brotherhood and peace among all mankind,” said Phyllis A. James, Chief Diversity & Corporate Responsibility Officer of MGM Resorts. “For these reasons we are proud to support the National Civil Rights Museum’s preservation of the monumental legacy of Dr. King, whose courageous contributions made our nation and our world a more equal place, and remind us that it is our collective calling to complete his quest.”
In 2000, MGM Resorts took the leadership as the first company in the gaming and hospitality industry to voluntarily adopt a formal diversity and inclusion policy. This is a critical pillar of our company’s enterprise-wide social responsibility.
For additional information about the company’s inclusion initiative, and to learn more about its efforts in corporate social responsibility, please visit: www.mgmresorts.com/csr.