January 17, 2020

Delta celebrates Dr. King’s legacy with $400K contribution toward MLK Jr. National Historical Park

Delta Air Lines has committed $400,000 to the National Park Service to provide for upgrades and renovations at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta.

This contribution will significantly improve the lighting and electrical systems at the promenade and visitor center access areas for the guest experience at the park. It will also enhance safety and security. The expected completion date is 2021.

The contribution further demonstrates Delta’s commitment to its hometown – and to celebrating Dr. King’s legacy.

In 2019, The Delta Air Lines Foundation provided a grant to the National Park Service to keep the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park open and operating during the federal government lapse in appropriations. Following Delta’s grant, the park saw a record number of visitors during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

“At Delta, our values center around connecting the world. There are few who have left a legacy of connection as profound as Dr. King,” said Tad Hutcheson, Managing Director ­– Community Engagement at Delta Air Lines and Senior Vice President ­– The Delta Air Lines Foundation. “We are honored to support improvements that will allow the public to visit the park and remember his life for decades to come.”

Judy Forte, Superintendent, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, said, “Since 1996, the visitor center and promenade have lighted the path for more than 15 million visitors to personally experience the places in Atlanta where Dr. King’s life and legacy took shape. The National Park Service is honored to partner with Delta Air Lines again in providing visitors an encounter worthy of the great treasures preserved and interpreted here at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park.”

Delta Air Lines invests more than 1 percent of its net profits each year to communities where our employees live, work and serve. Last year, that support exceeded $55 million.