Private efforts to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. should include two separate memorials with a total cost of about $750,000, a Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce subcommittee has recommended.
The subcommittee is part of a larger, 18-member Martin Luther King Memorial Committee that was formed last week by the Chamber to find a way to use the private sector to raise money and erect the memorials.
The committee was formed to allay anger in the minority community after the Nov. 3 vote to strip King's name from a downtown thoroughfare and return the name of Market Street. Local black leaders called for a nationwide boycott of the San Diego tourist industry but then canceled their efforts after the Chamber promised to coordinate private efforts to honor King.
Bill Nelson, the Chamber's board chairman, said the full Memorial Committee will vote on the recommendations that were released Tuesday.
In the report, a subcommittee suggested two kinds of memorials to honor King.
The first would be a traditional "artistic" memorial. "Hopefully, the artistic monument will reflect the spirit that is about to emerge in our city over these next several months," the subcommittee wrote.