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King Memorial Leaves Out Key Quotation

Trolling thru old news releases of the King Memorial website, I discovered that back in February a Council of Historians approved the quotations that will adorn the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial scheduled for completion in 2008. (The project is still about $20 million short of their estimated $100 million.) Guess what quotation is apparently not going to be cited among the 14 quotations approved by the Council? Yep, the one from King’s "I Have a Dream" speech: "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." This from the very speech of August 28, 1963, that made the D.C. mall famous for mass gatherings and protests is not going to be quoted, despite the location of the King Memorial smack dab between the Jefferson Memorial and the steps of the Lincoln Memorial--the very steps upon which King delivered the most famous speech of the 20th century.

Now, I have seen another depiction of the Memorial sculpture that does include a passage from the Dream speech, so there is some confusion here. Nevertheless, take a look at the approved list of quotations and decide whether or not they reflect the most representative of King’s public career.

Discussions - 6 Comments

I was less than 10 years old for most of those quotations. I had little conscious awareness of Martin Luther King during his lifetime.

Here's are my questions:


  • Might it be that those quotations do, in fact, represent King's worldview at that time?
  • Might the "I Have a Dream" speech and his line about "content of character" actually be somewhat of an anomaly within the context of his overall writings and speeches?

I guess what I'm asking is this: might it be possible that conservatives have taken the "content of character" as the representative statement of Dr. King's view because they want it to be true, when in fact it might not have truly represented the way he thought?

I honestly don't now. That's why I'm asking.

Good questions. Intuitively, one guesses that the Left wouldn't be quite so worshipful toward King if there weren't good reason for it.

Then "character" is one of the least attributes of the Left.

King was a race-baiting NeoMarxist. Here's one of the best articles on MLK: "The Myths of Martin Luther King": http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/epstein9.html

You know, Neo, is a character from a movie and generally a qualifier that is practically worthless and most definatley abused as of late!

That is well known that money makes us free. But how to act if someone doesn't have cash? The one way is to receive the home loans or just secured loan.

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