UTEP alumnus helped realize MLK Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial In Washington, DC. (Photo courtesy Paulo Ordoveza under Creative Commons license. License details below.)

El Pasoan Robert Wingo among those who steered project

University of Texas at El Paso

For the first time, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Jan. 16 will include a newly dedicated monument that was made possible with the help of Robert Wingo, president and chief executive officer of El Paso-based Sanders/Wingo Advertising Agency and an alumnus of The University of Texas at El Paso.
Wingo, as a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project, played an instrumental role in helping create the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial that was dedicated Oct. 16, 2011, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

“It was a thrill of a lifetime to be involved in something as momentous as building this memorial for Dr. King,” Wingo said. “It’s a humbling experience to participate at that level.”

In the late 1990s, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, of which Wingo is a member, initiated the project to honor King, one of the group’s most prominent brothers. In the early years, the group sought public, corporate and Congressional support for the $120 million project. Wingo became involved in 2001 when he helped organize one of the first benefit dinners in El Paso to raise funds and support for the monument in the region. The successful event netted nearly $100,000 toward the project and helped him to be named to the memorial’s Board of Directors in 2004.

A 1973 graduate from UTEP with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Wingo is UTEP’s 2002 Gold Nugget Award recipient from the College of Business Administration and currently serves on the UTEP 2014 Commission and the College of Business Administration Advisory Council.

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