King Family Wants Input On Georgia MLK Monument

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News
Updated: March 7, 2014, 9pm

ATLANTA (AP) -- The family of Martin Luther King Jr. has warned Georgia's governor it wants input on any monument to the slain civil rights icon that might be erected on the grounds of the state Capitol.

A bipartisan bill is pending before the Georgia Legislature that calls for a statue of King to be placed on the grounds of the Capitol or another prominent location. Gov. Nathan Deal in January said he'd work with the Legislature on the effort.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/1ch5Ztv) Intellectual Properties Management, which is run by King's family, sent a letter to the governor's office this week reminding him that the estate owns all rights to King's "name, image, likeness, words, rights of publicity, copyrighted works, recorded voice, and trademark interests."

Deal's chief of staff replied by email, saying they were monitoring the legislation. King was born in Atlanta.


News Release: Associated Press News

ATLANTA (AP) -- A plan passed by the Georgia House of Representatives calls for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to be commemorated with a statute at the state Capitol.

Lawmakers voted 173-3 on Monday to approve a statue for the slain clergyman. It would be paid for by private donations.

The bill now heads to the state Senate and has received overwhelming bipartisan support.

There is a portrait of King in the Capitol building, but not a statue of him on the Statehouse grounds.

Recognizing King has been politically controversial in the past.

Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox refused to close state government to honor King when the civil rights leader was assassinated in 1968.

Political leaders who historically supported segregation are honored with portraits or monuments, most erected decades ago.


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