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Don King Donates To Byrd Fund

June 21, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Boxing promoter Don King donated $100,000 to an education fund set up in the name of the black hitchhiker killed in Texas by being dragged behind a pickup truck for two miles.

At a memorial for James Byrd Jr. at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network headquarters in Harlem, King said: ``If we educate ourselves and if we learn to contribute and be with one another, we can rise to the occasion to bring about a change that’s much needed.″

On June 7, Byrd was chained by his ankles to the truck and fatally dragged near Jasper, Texas. Three alleged white supremacists were charged.

Byrd’s father was in New York for the memorial organized by Sharpton, who said his group will give $50,000 to the education fund.

Sharpton and other black leaders including the Rev. Jesse Jackson attended Byrd’s June 13 funeral in Texas.