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Stepping out of the blazing sun and into the smoky darkness of the warehouse-style building, Yolanda King stopped and squinted. As her eyes adjusted to the dim lighting, she stepped slowly toward a voice inviting her back in time to a segregated Meridian, Miss. The murky room is the first stop on a tour of a photography exhibit that pays tribute to King's father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
May 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The centerpiece for the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall has drawn criticism from a federal arts panel, which says the proposed statue looks "confrontational" and resembles the head of a socialist state more than a civil rights leader. Models of the 28-foot-tall statue depict King emerging from a chunk of granite, his arms folded in front of his chest, his legs firmly rooted, an intense gaze on his face. But the U.S.
Jeffrey Coprich, director of the Inner City Mass Choir, almost canceled the group's annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend. The last year had been filled with too much grief for Coprich and his Watts community. First, a 16-year-old girl in his choir was accidentally shot. Then, in a highly publicized case, his 82-year-old godmother, Viola McClain, was slain on her porch, allegedly at the hands of two teenagers.
April 5, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the guest of honor Friday at a Los Angeles mosque. But it was the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that held the crowd. "King was a leader who gave his life working for justice," said Muzammil H. Siddiqi, religious director of the Islamic Society of Orange County, in his sermon during Jumah, the weekly prayer service. "He stood for freedom, justice and equality among all. These are principles that we have to talk about as often as possible."
Is the caller there? The lines are jammed at KFYI, an all-talk radio station here. Callers from around the state are waiting in an electronic line to talk to show host Bob Mohan. And Mohan has no doubt as to today's topic. It's the same thing callers have been talking about since the election Nov. 6. Dave from Glendale: "How dare anybody ask me, when I'm done voting, to justify my vote, to prove it.
Martin Luther King Day observances turned violent Monday when police, clad in riot gear, clashed with thousands of demonstrators protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally on the state capitol steps. Three police officers were injured by rocks and bottles and at least five protesters were treated at Denver General Hospital, said police spokesman Det. Dave Metzler. Police said they arrested 21 people, including six juveniles.
January 18, 1988 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
About 300 people linked arms and held a 1960s-style freedom march through downtown Fontana Sunday to celebrate the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., while a handful of Ku Klux Klan members shouted racial epithets. Escorted by about 100 Fontana police officers and two dozen San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies, the marchers paraded for a mile, holding up Bibles and singing inspirational songs, including "We Shall Overcome" and "When the Saints Go Marching In."
January 17, 1988 | Associated Press
About 250 civil rights activists paraded through all-white Forsyth County without incident Saturday. They retraced the route of a march halted by hecklers throwing bottles and rocks a year ago. The demonstrators sang civil rights anthems and hymns and carried signs. They were escorted by State Patrol troopers and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents. A total of 425 state and county officers policed the march, officials said. A similar procession on Jan.
December 18, 1988 | TAYLOR BRANCH
Shortly after Robert Kennedy took over the Justice Department, he found himself at loggerheads with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. An unwitting Martin Luther King Jr. would soon find himself a pawn in the attorney general's continuing battle to protect his brother, John F . Kennedy, the President, from the FBI chief. The running battle between Robert Kennedy and J. Edgar Hoover began in the early days of J. F. K. 's Administration.
October 29, 1999 | From the Washington Post
The Library of Congress has tentatively agreed with the family of Martin Luther King Jr. to acquire the civil rights leader's personal papers for $20 million. The purchase of the 80,000 items, which has to be authorized by Congress, would be the most expensive in the library's 200-year history. Officials there have been interested in King's papers since before his assassination in 1968.
August 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Media conglomerate Viacom Inc., which owns BET and MTV, announced a donation Tuesday valued at $1.5 million to help build a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall in Washington. Viacom pledged $1 million in cash plus promotions for the memorial that will include public service announcements across the company's networks and its billboards in New York's Times Square, Chief Executive Philippe Dauman said.
July 23, 2007 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
Someday, a great monument in Washington may bear the name of Lei Yixin. For now, you can find him down a pockmarked road in a grungy industrial suburb of this Chinese provincial capital. The monument won't be built to honor Lei, who is scarcely famous in his own hometown, much less the United States. It is being built in memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and will rise along Washington's Tidal Basin, between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials.
May 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A four-month exhibit featuring the writings and documents of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. closed after drawing record crowds, officials said. Another big turnout over the weekend boosted the number of visitors to about 65,000, Atlanta History Center officials said. "By far, this is the most popular exhibit we've had," a museum spokesman said. "So many people have been moved to tears." The exhibit, "I Have a Dream: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr.
February 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A master sculptor from China was chosen Thursday to carve the image of Martin Luther King Jr. for a memorial to the slain civil rights leader to be built on the National Mall. Lei Yixin, one of nine sculptors considered national treasures in China, will carve King's likeness in the memorial's 28-foot granite "Stone of Hope," officials said. The figure will be sculpted from a light beige variety of granite stone found in China's Fujian province. Earlier Thursday, the U.S.
January 9, 2007 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Religious and civil rights leaders in Los Angeles and other big cities said Monday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. stood in the way of Martin Luther King Jr.'s goals of civil and economic equality. The group of 100 activists from 10 cities demanded that the world's largest retailer increase pay and offer better health benefits -- a rallying cry for critics of the company. "Too often, we hear that for our communities, any job is a good job," the Rev.
November 14, 2006 | Mima Mohammed, Times Staff Writer
Icons of the civil rights movement and those who benefited from their struggles came together Monday to dedicate the site of a memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the first on the National Mall to honor an African American. "On this ground, a monument will rise that preserves his legacy for the ages," President Bush told the crowd of several thousand, largely African American, who witnessed the ceremonial groundbreaking for the memorial, which is expected to be completed in 2008.
As Van Evers squeezed beside the freshly unearthed casket for the six-hour ride, one thought consumed him: He was going to see his father. He never thought he'd have this chance. Three years old when his father, Medgar Evers, was killed, Van had only faint memories of a man leaving bubble gum cigars on his bunk bed. After the murder, he would pick up the phone and ask, "Have you seen my daddy?" Now, nearly 30 years later, the body was being brought to Albany, N.Y.
Ten-year-old Cam Tuyen Phan had never heard of segregation until she was chosen to narrate a reenactment Monday of Rosa Park's refusal to give up a bus seat to a white person. "I knew black people were treated meanly but I didn't know they were that separated," said Cam, who was among about 300 people from local schools and churches who gathered Monday at Santa Ana Valley High School to celebrate what would have been the 66th birthday of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
November 5, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Two of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children say a proposed civil rights museum in Atlanta should be near their father's grave instead of in the city's tourism hub. The 2.5-acre site that Coca-Cola Co. offered for the museum is near the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center and the future World of Coca-Cola Museum. Martin Luther King III and his sister Bernice King said the civil rights museum should be near Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King Center, where King and his wife are buried.
June 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A collection of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s handwritten documents and books won't be sold at auction and instead will be given to his alma mater. A coalition of business, individuals and philanthropic leaders led by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin bought the collection for an undisclosed amount, said Morehouse College President Walter Massey.
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