They spent six years raising more than $100 million, one cocktail fundraiser, and souvenir mug and lapel pin at a time.

And on October 16, 2011, the idea to build a monument in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., an idea that began 28 years earlier at the kitchen table of a member of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., came to fruition.

Thousands of people of different races and backgrounds watched as President Barack Obama, two of King’s children, and countless other entertainers and veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, dedicated a bold statue to civil rights icon.

Less than two years later, however, the organizing force behind the national monument – the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation – is no more after the surviving children of Martin and Coretta Scott King refused to grant a license for the group to continue to use the name “Martin Luther King Jr.”

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3 thoughts on “MLK Memorial Foundation Forced to Change Name by King Children

  1. Ruthie on said:

    Stop being ignorant. For all the King Children have lost due to the National sacrifices of their Father and Mother, the King family SHOULD BE as rich as the Kennedy and Bush families! It doesn’t appear to me from the report that they are being greedy, their being smart.

  2. Speech_Lady on said:

    The foundation must not have offered the King children enough money. I don’t think any of them have actually had a real job. They truly have lived off the name of their father and rightfully so, BUT Dr. King belongs to all of us and now they are just being greedy.

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