January 22, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Brett Brown is a history buff and loves to fill his head with knowledge of historical figures. That's why he took his team to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in the nation's capital on Sunday. "Just to recognize the day, recognize being in this city," Brown said. "It's a privilege to play on this day. Everybody understands the significance of this day and we wanted to respect the situation and pay a little bit more attention, especially for our young guys. " Earlier this season, during a practice the day after Nelson Mandela died, Brown read to his team many of the struggles Mandela endured and the accomplishments he achieved.
January 22, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The 76ers came to Washington for two things. They wanted to pay tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They also hoped to beat the Washington Wizards. The Sixers had to settle for honoring the civil rights leader on his holiday. The Wizards took their third lead with 7 minutes, 22 seconds left in the first quarter and never surrendered it. Washington held on for a 107-99 victory at the Verizon Center. "You feel like you are . . . just small things away from really stealing a win or making it a winnable game with 30 seconds left," Sixers coach Brett Brown said.
February 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The National Park Service announced plans Friday to remove an inscription from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and replace it with a full quotation from the civil rights leader, which the memorial project's architect said would "destroy" the monument. Critics including poet Maya Angelou had said the paraphrase didn't accurately reflect King's words. It reads, "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness. " Removing the inscription now will amount to "defacing it or scarring it for life," because any new granite would be a noticeably different color, said Ed Jackson Jr., executive architect of the $120 million project.
January 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama evoked the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s own words about public service Monday as Obama celebrated the life of the late civil rights leader with a volunteer project. The president, along with wife Michelle and daughter Malia, joined other volunteers at Browne Education Center in Washington. During brief remarks, the president said there was no better way to honor King than to do something on behalf of others. He also acknowledged the controversy surrounding a quote on the new MLK memorial in Washington, which is being changed amid criticism that it did not accurately reflect King's words.
January 16, 2012
TODAY'S celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday has an obvious geographical focal point: The new King memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C., dedicated just last October. But it's not likely that the Martin Luther King Jr. of the 1960s would mark this day, or the continuing struggle for justice that it represents, at that place. And as laudable as it is, he might not be satisfied only with volunteering for the MLK Day of Service. Instead, Martin Luther King Jr. probably would be "occupying" Wall Street - or D.C. or Philadelphia or Dubuque - and possibly getting slapped into plastic handcuffs for engaging in civil disobedience.
January 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A quote carved in stone on the new memorial in Washington to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be changed after the inscription was criticized for not accurately reflecting the civil-rights leader's words. The Washington Post first reported Friday the decision to change the inscription, which now reads: "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness. " The phrase is chiseled into one side of a massive block of granite that includes Dr. King's likeness emerging from the stone.
October 17, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - You'd have been hard-pressed to find anybody on the National Mall on Sunday who would dare criticize the memorial to the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Surely nobody would ruin this glorious day. But there had been critics. People flocked to see the memorial after Hurricane Irene forced postponement of the Aug. 28 dedication. It was as if the delay brought them all out of the woodwork - or, in the case of the King memorial, the granite. Why wasn't an African American sculptor chosen instead of Chinese master Lei Yixin, they whined?
September 12, 2011 |
THIRTY feet tall with a price tag just over $120 million, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial just debuted on a four-acre plot on the National Mall. The memorial is a colossal monument to a colossal man who embodied the history, hopes and dreams of America's civil-rights movement. History reminds us of King's leadership, sacrifice, patriotism and dedication to equality and opportunity. But the opening of the monument bearing his image was marred with controversy as American labor was rejected for the project's construction.
August 28, 2011
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was often called a drum major when he led America's civil rights movement. In fact, he preached about it in a 1968 sermon, saying, "If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. " Forty years after his death, King's still a leader. His memorial, which would have been formally dedicated today if not for Hurricane Irene, is the first monument to a person of color on the National Mall.
August 25, 2011 |
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, to be dedicated Sunday, is the first monument to a black leader on the National Mall, a landscape devoted to American cultural and political iconography. In Philadelphia, there is no such memorial, to King or any other black leader, in Center City. No African Americans have been favored with a place in the shadow of City Hall, which is nearly ringed by immense statuary of commercial, legal, and manufacturing moguls; generals from the Union Army; and a U.S. president.