Martin Luther King Jr family charges 800K to use his words on commemorative DC statue #greed

This week DC unveiled the first non-presidential statue of an individual, the famous Dr. King.  The unveiling brought in a modest crowed and a ton of press.  Dr. King stood for liberty and equality for everyone, his family stands to gain a ton of dough from his words.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s family has charged the foundation building a monument to the civil-rights leader on the National Mall about $800,000 to use his words and image — and at least one scholar thinks that Dr. King would find such an arrangement offensive.

The memorial is being paid for almost entirely through a fund-raising campaign led by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.

“I don’t think the Jefferson family, the Lincoln family [or] any other group of family ancestors has been paid a licensing fee for a memorial in Washington,” said Cambridge University historian David Garrow, author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Dr. King. “. . . [He would've been] absolutely scandalized.”

Financial documents revealed that the foundation paid $761,160 in 2007 to Intellectual Properties Management Inc., an entity run by the King family. They also showed that a $71,700 “management” fee was paid to the family estate in 2003.

I wonder how much of that is going to find its way into the United College Negro fund?

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8 thoughts on “Martin Luther King Jr family charges 800K to use his words on commemorative DC statue #greed

    • Both Barack Obama and Longfellow Deeds donated to the United College Negro Fund. It’s related to the Whites Only College Fund just somehow not racist.

      • Yes, because by making a fund to try to offset the horrific institutional racism that existed in 1944 (and still exists today) makes the people who donate to the UNCF racist. That totally makes sense.

        Reverse Racism is a hilariously cute concept.

  1. Anyone is eligible to apply for UNCF scholarships, not just members of a particular race. Not racist, just to clarify. More here:

    • “UNCF’s largest scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, supports Hispanic American, Asian/Pacific American and Native American students as well as African Americans.”

      See any Europeans? Then it’s racist, because it’s singling out a race and saying “not for you”.

  2. First non-presidential statue of an individual in DC? Not even close. Off the top of my head I can think of the Simón Bolívar statue near the Department of Interior, within an earshot of the Mall. Having grown up in the area I can attest that there are plenty of statues of nobodies on horses all over the District. (Take McPherson Square for instance.)

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