Skip to comments.Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Posted on 08/22/2011 12:49:12 PM PDT by Artemis Webb
The memorial sits on the National Mall near the Tidal Basin, between memorials honoring Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. It includes a 30-foot-tall sculpture of King and a 450-foot-long granite wall inscribed with 14 quotations from the civil rights leader.
The Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin:
The Location on The Mall:
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has a Mao look to it
Something else we outsourced, huh?
What? Meer stone? We wants gold! An’ a umbrella over it so’s the pigeons can’t shit on it.
Given the King family’s history of charging everybody else for anything having to do with Dr. King, did Dr. King’s children charge the government for rights to Dr. King’s likeness and the use of his speeches?
Best comment so far: “So when did MLK get encased in carbonite?”
That looks like something you’d find on a Soviet memorial to the “Great Patriotic War,” more than a memorial to MLK. That arms-folded pose just looks wrong. Shouldn’t they have put him in a pose from the “I Have a Dream” speech?
Any mention on the granite wall of how the democrats tried to block any and all civil rights legislation at every turn?
There has been some criticism of this. Apparently, it’s the content of the sculptor’s character that was taken into consideration.
Personally, I kind of like the memorial. I like the breaking the wall aspect of it.
MLK, Jr. is believed to have been a Republican. And ... in a time when there are lefty extremists encouraging a violent revolution to get what they want ... I appreciate MLK’s non-violent stance.
Somebody got ripped off. I'd be pissed.
Looks like he’s coming out of deep freeze, ala Han Solo...
Looks like DC has its road salt piled up and ready to go for the upcoming winter
Ripped off? Heh. We saw it. It isn’t that impressive. Nothing can compare to Washington, Lincoln or Jefferson, and I don’t think the artist even tried to reach that height of beauty, because it would be impossible.
I don’t think the King memorial belongs in that location, anyway. I think the Tidal Basin should have been reserved for the presidents.
However, if King hadn’t been placed on the Basin, you just know people would have wanted to put a statue of Obama there one day. If I had to choose between King or Obama there, I would have to go with King.
Last I heard, they didn’t have all the funds for the King site, yet.
I still think the worst is the FDR monstrosity. That should be torn down, and turned into a parking lot. It would be a better use of that particular location, until Reagan’s memorial is put up covering what used to be the FDR memorial.
Looks like Stalinist (or NAZI) art.
Tacky with a capital T! Whatever one thinks of the woman beating, plagiarizing, socialist miscreant now canonized as an American saint and champion of color-blind equality, this memorial looks brutish and uninspired compared to his de facto memorial in Birmingham.
I should have done my own research. It's been in the works since 2003. The King family charged approximately $730,000 to use MLK's words on the monument, and received approximately $70,000 as a 'management fee' in connection with the monument.
If it were five years after King's death and his widow was trying to feed her children, then I would understand it.
When a nation is honoring King with a statue on the National Mall, I think it's ridiculous.
Given that's it's essentially established (heck, it's established) that King plagiarized portions of his doctoral thesis, if the monument says "Dr." Martin Luther King, Jr., should the King family pay royalties to the copyright holders from the sources King plagiarized to get that doctorate?
No, that's not a serious question. Nor was the King family's demand for money a serious demand.
I wonder if we put the speeches in the plagerism detection programs what would the result be...
Wow! “We want to honor him..”
“You have to pay!”
Unreal. I wonder how the family feels about the fact that every time you drive through a major city and see a “Martin Luther King Jr. Rd/Ave/Blvd.” exit ... you have to ask yourself if you really need to pee because EVERY TIME you wind up in the hood and you can see the crack baggies swirling in the wind.
Detours in Indianapolis last time I was through were SCARY!
Lei Yixin is a Chinese national. The granite stone itself is from China. The work was done in Changsha in Hunan province and shipped to Baltimore. Americans weren't good enough to complete the reassembly so he brought his own 10 man team of Chinese stone masons over as well.
MLK III says he's ok with this outsourcing of the monument to the oppressive, human rights abusing communists of China because he thinks the statue looks good compared to some he's seen.
It took 21 replies nefore the obvious appeared.
Looks very Leninist, (i.e. of V.I. Lenin) pre-late 1980s, in Eastern Europe, particularly the old USSR.
We don't have to do so. In 1991 BU found that he plagiarized his dissertation. There's a letter attached to his dissertation in the library of BU (it's on his 'permanent record.') They elected not to revoke his doctorate.
"The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- (an four-editor official publication of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., whose staff includes King's widow Coretta) -- determined a history of plagiarism. Apparently only 49% of the sentences in Dr. King's dissertations contained five words or more of his own (and he wasn't prone to give attribution to the words he took from others).
If you doubt me about the BU plagiarism finding, then check www.snopes.com. Yeah, snopes. If snopes will admit it and footnote it . . .
All of that said, when he was facing fire hoses, police dogs and police batons, it didn't really matter whether he had plagiarized in my eyes. I think the world's a much better place because of Dr. King and Dr. Ralph David Abernathy. LBJ? Jesse Jackson? No so much so.
It looks like an Egyptian sphinx.
I got all excited when I heard about the King memorial, but that isn’t Elvis Presley at all?!? It looks like some black guy! What a ripoff...
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