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January 20, 2002 | JAMES L. SWANSON
Martin Luther King Jr. was not a wealthy man. But he left behind a valuable legacy of intellectual property--books, speeches, manuscripts, sermons, letters and unpublished papers. Copyright law protects that property, and therein lies the origin of a bitter dispute over the ownership of King's writings. On the eve of the national holiday celebrating King's birthday, his legacy is under attack, not by racists, Ku Klux Klansmen and segregationists, but by scholars, civil rights leaders and the media.
August 6, 2001
Martin Luther King III admitted Sunday night that he is not his father. But he said that wouldn't stop him from leading the civil rights organization, founded by his famous father, at the beginning of the 21st century. "I don't have my father's melodious voice. God only gave South Africa one Mandela. God only gave the United States one Martin Luther King," King told the opening session of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Montgomery on Sunday night.
Not far from downtown, on a smooth round stone with water spilling over it, read the names of those who gave their lives to the civil rights movement. A beautifully crafted memorial, the last entry etched in the rock is Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King III essentially drags that stone behind him wherever he goes, and the burden increased recently when his own organization assailed him for not living up to his father's name.
July 26, 1998 | From Associated Press
Forty-one years after his father co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Martin Luther King III was sworn in as its new leader and announced a membership drive to revitalize the image of the financially ailing organization. King, 40, replaced the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, whose 20-year reign was troubled by questions about the group's mission and difficulty in raising funds.
October 27, 1997 | Associated Press
After months of speculation, Martin Luther King III has emerged as the most likely candidate to take over as the head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Several SCLC board members Sunday confirmed a report that King, the son of the group's co-founder Martin Luther King Jr., is the heir apparent. The SCLC's board of directors is expected to meet this week to vote on the appointment of the group's new leader. But the final decision will be made by SCLC delegates.
July 29, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, considered the dean of the civil rights movement, is resigning as leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the organization he co-founded with the Revs. Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy Sr. and other clergymen. Inheriting a group in turmoil and in debt 20 years ago, Lowery, 74, guided it on a new course that embraced more mainstream social and economic polices and restored its financial health.
January 6, 1994 | SUSAN BYRNES
English and history were never Vinh Phan's favorite subjects. So when his English teacher asked the class to write an essay on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for a contest, Vinh didn't think much about it at first. "I thought it was just an assignment," said the 16-year-old, a junior at Kennedy High School in Granada Hills. But after reading about the famous civil rights leader in the library, Vinh said he began to get very inspired. "I had never really thought about him," Vinh said.
The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., once a colleague of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and now known as the spiritual leader of social justice struggles in Los Angeles, tells the story of his first encounter with nonviolence as vividly as if he were still 9 or 10 years old in the 1930s: running an errand, walking past a car, hearing a white child inside call out a racial epithet. "I went over there to the open window of the car, smacked the child, and went on to do my errand," Lawson said.
January 7, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference announced it has joined the boycott of Colorado over a new state measure that prohibits enactment of anti-bias legislation protecting homosexuals. SCLC President Joseph E. Lowery said the civil rights organization endorsed the boycott because "we think it's just un-American to single out a class of people to deny them their civil rights."
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