MLK family charging DC memorial for use of his words





The family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has charged the foundation building a monument to the civil rights leader on the National Mall about $800,000 for the use of his words and image β€” an arrangement one leading scholar says King would have found offensive.

The memorial β€” including a 28-foot sculpture depicting King emerging from a chunk of granite β€” is being paid for almost entirely with private money in a fundraising campaign led by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The monument will be turned over to the National Park Service once it is complete.

The foundation has been paying the King family for the use of his words and image in its fundraising materials. The family has not charged for the use of King's likeness in the monument itself.


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