MLK will be great addition to National Mall

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks as though construction crews will soon break ground on the Washington Mall monument to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King’s college fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha (which also happened to be my father’s fraternity) proposed the project, and Congress approved it in 1998.

The project has weathered several storms. It was criticized when organizers picked a sculptor in China to execute the design. Then the original sculpture of King was assailed as too “confrontational” by the Federal Commission of Fine Arts and had to be reworked slightly. The project later stalled amid debate over how much security is needed at the site.

It has also survived the predations of the King heirs, who sometimes interfered with fundraising for the project as they tried to get a cut of corporate money for themselves.

Planners hope that the memorial will be finished by summer 2011. It is a fine addition to the National Mall, a monument to a genuine American hero. King was not perfect, by any means; he was flawed. But he gave his life for an America of which we could all be justifiably proud.

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Question

October 27th, 2009
12:20 pm

Here! Here! Just keep his kids as far away from this project, including the dedication, as possible!!

booger

October 27th, 2009
12:21 pm

So Cynthia, when are you going to start being proud of America. The venom dripping on these blogs belies the claim of a proud lady.

Turd Ferguson

October 27th, 2009
12:31 pm

A statue of Hank Aaron would be more appropriate.

TnGelding

October 27th, 2009
12:59 pm

Yes, he is deserving. But I’m sure he would have preferred the effort made and money spent had gone for a better cause. Did your father participate in the civil rights movement? I’m not particularly proud of the way he died. Or how some like you don’t truly appreciate the sacrifice of some of the “old geezers.”

Turd Ferguson

October 27th, 2009
12:31 pm

Don’t we have one of him at Turner Field? What about Jackie Robinson?

Peadawg

October 27th, 2009
1:13 pm

I’m still waiting on Cnythia’s blog about how they should create an Obama statue 9 months into his tenure. Atleast she’d wait longer than the Noble Peace Prize did(2 weeks).

ctucker

October 27th, 2009
1:34 pm

Booger, I’m proud of America right now. Once, many years ago, I even found myself defending the Reagan administration to a group of Zimbabwean journalists.
But being a proud American means I have a responsibility to try to help my country stay on the right course. That includes criticizing it when it goes astray.

jt

October 27th, 2009
2:01 pm

Washington DC might have captured the statue of the Reverend Martin Luther King, but it will never capture the SPIRIT of the man.

That will always be with the people who stand up to unjust laws and an overbearing central authority.

jconservative

October 27th, 2009
2:45 pm

I have not seen the plans for the memorial. But I will be disappointed if it does not contain some of the writings of King.

Tommy Maddox

October 27th, 2009
2:49 pm

I wonder how much money his kids will try to get out of this deal?

booger

October 27th, 2009
2:55 pm

ctucker,

“but being a proud american means I have a responsibility to try to help my country stay on the right course. That includes criticizing it when it goes astray”….

Apparently you do not think this right extends to the Chamber of Commerce as you urged Obama yesterday to come down hard on them. Nor to anyone oppossed to healthcare reform. Or to anyone who would point out the country is going broke under this Presidents leadership. The list goes on, but you get the gist. You seem to have a right the rest of us aren’t afforded.

Joan

October 27th, 2009
3:16 pm

He might have been a civil rights leader, but he sure lacked parenting skills as evidenced by the trash he raised.

Paul

October 27th, 2009
3:55 pm

Nice that construction is beginning. Dr. King is a national treasure, not a family piggy bank.

2 cents worth

October 27th, 2009
4:21 pm

Sometimes try as we may . . we can’t control how our children turn out. Same goes for Martin Luther King as well as the mom of Cynthis Tucker.

Elder Speaker

October 27th, 2009
4:50 pm

“But being a proud American means I have a responsibility to try to help my country stay on the right course. That includes criticizing it when it goes astray”

Shouldn’t that be But being a proud American means I have a responsibility to try to help my country stay on my perception of the right course. That includes criticizing it when it goes away from my belief of astray

Scott

October 27th, 2009
4:53 pm

Cynthia, all you do is criticize the country. Well…you criticize it when the decisions are made by republicans that is. If you really cared to “help my country stay on the right course,” then you should be criticizing the current Congress who is living by their own rules. They are creating a Healthcare system that all of them are too good to join. There is corruption that is going unchecked Have you looked into Charlie Rangel anytime soon? Probably not, because he is a black democrat and you only look into things deeper when it is a white guy or a republican. They are spending money like it is free and costing taxpayers a lot. They are giving the false impression that they are creating/saving jobs when we all know that the number is unfounded and a random shot in the dark. We have the ACORN scandal that is barely covered. We have czars that are not approved by Congress in any way. Where is the criticism of these things that are going on right now? Wouldn’t you say that the country is running astray with these actions?

Common Sense

October 27th, 2009
5:09 pm

To ctucker @ 1:34pm:

“For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.”

Author – unknown veteran

Midori

October 27th, 2009
6:06 pm

Joan,

the same could be said of George and Barbara Bush.

Both Barbara’s at that.

Common Sense

October 27th, 2009
6:46 pm

To Rev Al Sharptongue:

Just for the record. It wasn’t the “Civil War”. It was the “Wat Between the United States of America” and the “Confederate States of America.”

Speaking of education, you missed a lot of punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure, etc.

Just saying ………………..

Eric von Stromheim

October 27th, 2009
8:37 pm

Cyth, you are so right. I just don’t know why there’s so many haters in the blog and not enough players.

You keep on doing what you do and don’t let the haters deter you no matter what they say or how wrong you are. You go gurl.

I think you’re being used; you’re being put down. We just won’t stand for this anymore. Clearly, gurl, you have talent and are being degraded to this level. You should be head editor of the AJC. Just say the word and we’ll march on Atlanta. We’re not going to take this insult anymore.

As far as MLK, hey, gurl, you’re absolutely right. I just don’t understand how those other haters can disagree with you. But, we should take the time to spell out his name, if only in respect: Martin Luther King.

Now, I’m going to have to embarrass you. You deserve to be right up there beside King and the others that did so much to change this country. People need to read your columns everyday in major publications like the New York Times, the Washington Post and National Enquirer. For them not to do so, is dissing you.

Cyth, you are so right in your opinion and everyone should see it your way. I just don’t understand why these here haters aren’t players and are dissing you in your blog.

I say that it should be “Tucker” and then “King.” This should be inscribed in stone so everyone can enjoy your wonderful, wonderful writings.

You haters out there, don’t be haters, be players. You go gurl.

Or, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that’s up for sale.

Tom Middleton

October 28th, 2009
1:36 am

Cynthia,
There should also be a picture of Dr. King just inside the White House front door as a first see. He’s done more for our freedom and equality than most of our presidents.

If our nation somehow survives this age intact, it’ll be because we were able to build upon what Dr. King and his followers did for us and take our freedom to the world.

If America was still oppressing millions nationally like before Dr. King, what chance would we stand against any of our present-day adversaries? What oppressed people anywhere would care a thing about throwing off their oppressive governments (like in Iran) and trying to become more like us?

We’ll survive only by helping others become free in the same principled way Dr. King helped all of us. Like I said, just inside the front door of the White House, maybe in a solid gold frame!

TnGelding

October 28th, 2009
6:12 am

Joan

October 27th, 2009
3:16 pm

You should be ashamed. He was killed when they were children and robbed of the chance to be a good parent. The childern were probably spoiled more because of his death; by their family and the movement. But they’re all well-educated and articulate professionals.

David from WI

October 28th, 2009
6:43 am

THE FAR LEFT ARE THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEMS AND THINK THEY MAKE THINGS BETTER WHEN THE MAKE THEM WORSE.

You know this Cynthia you must or you are deluding yourselves.

I know I am on the lower rungs of society I SEE IT ALL THE TIME.

The far left ARE THE BIG PROBLEM

What would MLK think of Obamas solution of the gates fiasco?

Turd Ferguson

October 28th, 2009
9:12 am

jconservative

October 27th, 2009
2:45 pm

Any writing will be held hostage by the king kiddys/failures and Shirley Franklin. Perhaps with the proceeds the Atl sewer system might be repaired. Or perhaps a new control tower at Hartsfield Airport constructed in the likeness of mlk.

Boogers n Bratwurst

October 28th, 2009
9:13 am

Rev Al Sharptongue

October 27th, 2009
5:53 pm

Oh my, you seem like a very intelligent person!

Chester Felds

October 30th, 2009
7:01 pm

I say there shouldn’t be a monument to king. There should be a monument to C. Tucker because of her wonderful writings that lighten the world. Or is that enlighten? I never can keep those two words separate.

Cindi Tucker deserves that memorial more than King does.

US Patriot

October 31st, 2009
3:23 pm

The best thing that could happen for world peace is for the US to lose in Iraq and Afganistan. We need to get our nose bloodied again to remind the nut job right wingers that killing and bombing people is not always going to work. We will eventually lose both of these conflicts, but the longer we stay in and the more damage we do perhaps the greater the lesson learned and the longer we will avoid repeating the same mistakes. Remember there are many different kinds of victories. Even if we lose this conflict and come home in disgrace it will actually be the greatest of victories for the entire world. The average American will have learned a valuable lesson and we can stay out of world conflicts for another 30 or 40 years like after we lost Vietnam. The worst thing that could happen is for us to win over there and then the world will really be in trouble.

LoveLess

February 15th, 2010
1:46 pm

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