August 15, 2007 |
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.
May 14, 2007 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
November 5, 2006 |
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.