The King Family Demands $800,000 to Use MLK’s Image and Words on National Monument

250px-martin_luther_king_jr_nywtsThe family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has long been criticized for treating King’s legacy as a private cash machine. The family members have been routinely seen in court fighting over money and suing others to give them a cut of any use of his name or likeness. Now, in a positively outrageous act, the King family is demanding $800,000 for the right of a foundation to use King’s image and words for a monument on the National mall. The solution is simple: stop the monument. If any money is paid to the King family, it would be a public outrage.

It takes remarkable temerity and audacity to charge the public for honoring your father. Many have criticized the destruction of the open spaces on the mall by Congress, which is filling it with monuments of every kind. This money grab only adds to the controversy.

The memorial — including a 28-foot sculpture will carve King image out of a chunk of granite and is being paid for with money raised from public donations and is raised by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. T

What is particularly outrageous is that the foundation has already paid $761,160 in 2007 to Intellectual Properties Management Inc., an entity run by King’s family. That includes a “management” fee of $71,700 was paid to the family estate in 2003. The fact that the foundation has paid such money to IPM is an utter outrage. Even if it goes to the King Center, it is still pilfering donations and padding a public project.

I have always found the claims of the King family to own the images and words of MLK to be highly questionable.
It appears that donations to the King Center have been falling and the King family is trying to use this monument to make up the difference.

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26 thoughts on “The King Family Demands $800,000 to Use MLK’s Image and Words on National Monument”

  1. Wait….are you suggesting the GOP is responsible for recruiting Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?
    If you are, that is just silly.

  2. And sir why do you think it was so easy for the GOP to have recruited these minorities so to speak. Not all are guilty. Some worse than others.

  3. Getting back to the article at hand…..This is ridiculous. The monument should be stopped. Unfortunately, other black “leaders” have set the precedent for this kind of behavior. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and company…They care about dollars way more than the people they claim to represent.

  4. Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa.

    That is true, I would not want a Nancy Grace story on my hands.

    This person has been abusive and I in return with words of wit.

    I apologize for any suggestion for one to commit suicide. Generally, when reference is made to euthanize it is in reference to SPCA. In how they put down an animal.

    But if I make a bad joke, I guess to add insult to injury, I figure wok the dog would be in bad taste.

  5. Bron,

    You have made a grand transition from your initial posts. You ask an abundance of good questions and you most often add to the success of this blawg.

    I have no right to moderate this site; however, I countered AY’s comment out of a personal obligation that I will not be a part of such comments from the action of remaining silent.

    I ignore a lot of others’ personal bickering here, as do most other ‘regulars’, but sometimes I simply must disassociate my presence here from extreme comments.

  6. FFLEO:

    I am not suggesting she commit suicide, I was making a joke about AY’s post. It was in bad taste and I apologize.

    I added the so are mine as an admission of that fact after I read your post.

    I think AY and Leann have something going on, as some of their other posts are quite belicose.

  7. Bron,

    I am far from perfect with some of my posts; however, they usually challenge a person’s position. To suggest that a person should commit suicide, even in jest, crosses a threshold because you have no way of knowing if the person you are referring to is in a state-of-mind that might be vulnerable at any given time.

    Additionally, I always try to remember that there is always the possibility that extremely inappropriate comments might reflect negatively on this blawg and by extension to Professor Turley.

  8. AY:

    isnt that the club, where to join you drink hemlock at your initiation party?

    Party down leann!

  9. You know, LeAnn, I never thought selective reproduction was such a good ideal, until, yes, until, I have read your diatribes.

    You are aware, that euthanasia, is a social club that is accepting new members. It is designed for people like you.

    Please call them, please, to see if they are accepting reservations right now.

  10. Unfortunately, genetics never assures the same sterling qualities in one’s future generations.

  11. leann,
    You are an object lesson in vile stupidity. Like most really dumb people you don’t even realize how dumb you are, but please keep it it since it serves as a daily reminder of why the Republicans lost and will keep losing. Also while you might be a “teabagger” in the Fox sense, I doubt that it is the same for your intimate proclivities, you don’t have the chops.

  12. mespo7272:

    out git down daddyo daddymo president shook the same hand that signs the death warrants in Venezuela..and then clasped the shoulder of chavez in a nice little squeeze, kind of like ‘yo bro, you got power i want same”.

  13. To amend Keats’ famous line, “Here lies one whose name was writ in [cold hard cash.]”

    leann, thanks for the bigotry. I had seen any since the last tea party piece I saw on CNN. Stereotypes are fodder for the inferior mind.

  14. leann,

    And to think that Woody Allen is asking for a mere 10 mill. Sometimes you lose your name for the sake of your name if it has become appropriated.

    So did Elvis family get money when he was put on a stamp?

  15. Git down daddy. 800,000 smackers will buy a fleet of limousines and wank shank dresses for the babes. god bless ol’ marty king.

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