Golden State Warriors legend Alvin Attles took part in the unveiling ceremony for the “Remember Them: Champions For Humanity” monument on September 6 at Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park (19th Street & Telegraph Avenue) in Oakland.
The Remember Them: Champions For Humanity project is an inspirational and educational project that has as its centerpiece a world-class monument featuring 25 humanitarians. The unveiling ceremony introduced the first installation phase of the four-piece sculpture that will stand 52 feet wide by 21 feet tall, cover 1,000 square feet and use 60,000 lbs. of bronze. The educational monument, which was sculpted by Oakland artist Mario Chiodo, will be the largest bronze representational sculpture west of the Mississippi, the first grouping in the United States of international humanitarian portraits and the first representational monument in the United States that honors diversity.
A non-profit project of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, a 501 (c) (3) organization, the Remember Them monument and its educational components were funded by donations from local companies and individuals, including the Golden State Warriors, who contributed a $25,000 donation to the project. Kaiser Permanente was the first corporate funder of the project and, to date, has donated more than $1 million toward completing Remember Them.
The 25 humanitarians featured in the Remember Them: Champions For Humanity are (in alphabetical order):
Ralph David Abernathy
Susan B. Anthony
Sir Winston Churchill
Coretta Scott King
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Thich Nhat Hanh
Rigoberta Menchu Tum
The Unknown Rebel of Tiananmen Square
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