January 15, 2012 |
Judy Forte plans to report to her government job Monday morning without a hint of complaint. She is 54 and superintendent of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service. The King holiday is her Super Bowl. Thousands will make their way Monday to Auburn Avenue, just east of downtown Atlanta, to bear witness at King's outdoor crypt, and to tour his birth home. They will crowd into the civil rights history display underneath Forte's office, and the meticulously preserved old Ebenezer Baptist Church across the street, where King preached and plotted his nonviolent revolution.
January 13, 2012 |
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he's ordered park officials to fix a paraphrased quote chiseled into the new Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall. Salazar told the Washington Post on Friday that National Park officials have 30 days to replace the quote, which drew quick complaints from black leaders, a King family member and others when the memorial was first unveiled last summer. The quote sits on the side of a large stone sculpture of King, the centerpiece of the monument.
October 16, 2011 |
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wasn't a big guy. "He was only about 5 feet 7," said civil rights leader Andrew Young at Sunday morning's formal dedication of the granite memorial to his friend. "He was always upset about all the tall people looking down on him. Well now he's 30 feet tall!" Laughter erupted from the crowd of at least 30,000 who attended the dedication in a sunny West Potomac Park. It was a much smaller turnout than the 250,000 people that event organizers had expected on the monument's original dedication date, Aug. 28, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
October 10, 2011 |
Reporting from New York — There are two portraits prominently displayed in the Memphis, Tenn., living room of Emma "Big Mama" Leake, the grandmother of Katori Hall. One is of Jesus, the other of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Hall says it was King's portrait that haunted her. "I didn't want him to be on the wall," says the 30-year-old playwright. "I wanted him to be flesh and blood to me and to others. " Her play "The Mountaintop," which opens Thursday on Broadway, directed by Kenny Leon, is the result of that ambition.
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October 6, 2011 |
The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a blunt-talking preacher who braved beatings, bombings and fire-hosings to push Birmingham, Ala., to the forefront of the civil rights movement and advanced the historic fight with a confrontational strategy that often put him at odds with its most charismatic leader, died Wednesday. He was 89. Shuttlesworth had been in poor health for the last year and was hospitalized with breathing problems three weeks ago at Birmingham's Princeton Baptist Medical Center, where he died, said family spokeswoman Malena Cunningham.
August 28, 2011
Leadership gap Re "The newest face on the National Mall," Aug. 22 Building too many memorials on the National Mall in Washington doesn't concern me. I am far more apprehensive about the paucity of current leaders who deserve to be so honored. Find a person who will withdraw all of our troops from our disastrous overseas engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan, restore the importance of factual data and reasoned analysis to the political decision-making process, advocate effectively for social and economic justice, challenge unchecked greed and amplify the ability of those with differing points of view to engage in productive dialogue, and he or she will deserve a memorial of massive proportions.
August 25, 2011
Unless it's postponed by Hurricane Irene, which is bearing down on Chesapeake Bay, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is scheduled for dedication Sunday on the National Mall in Washington. Symbolism is everything when it comes to such memorials, and perhaps the stormy opening is appropriate for a monument that has undergone a quarter-century of battles over design, location and funding. But King's history suggests that ferocious winds and driving rain are no match for a man of granite.
August 12, 2011 |
Forty-eight years ago Martin Luther King Jr. marched on Washington, D.C., and delivered the "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Hundreds of thousands heard his words of hope for change the civil rights movement could bring. Now King will be remembered not far from where he spoke. President Obama, civil rights luminaries and activists and others will dedicate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at 11 a.m. Aug. 28 on the anniversary of the speech. The memorial features a stone sculpture of King and a granite wall with inscriptions from his speeches and near the Tidal Basin.
May 27, 2011 |
Already the repository of several monuments of national significance, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is set to become home to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial -- the first monument at the Mall to honor “a man of hope, a man of peace, and a man of color,” according to the foundation that built it. The official dedication takes place Aug. 28 on the 48 th anniversary of the historic “I Have a Dream” speech delivered...