January 16th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

Martin Luther King Jr. Day coverage: Can memorial capture King's complexity?

(CNN) - Of course a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. was going to be controversial.

The man himself was controversial, notes LaSalle University sociology professor Charles Gallagher. King - bound up with issues of racial and economic inequality that spotlight America's worst sins - is a "Rorschach test," Gallagher says, that people see in King what they want to see.

Still, few of the organizers of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington may have expected that every little detail would be so scrutinized, criticism that has continued right up to the first Martin Luther King Jr. Day since it opened last fall.

Late Friday, the Department of Interior - which has jurisdiction over the memorial - announced a quotation in the memorial's King sculpture would be changed. This action followed months of complaints about the language of the quotation, which had been paraphrased from a passage in a King sermon.

Read the full story and more Martin Luther King Jr. Day coverage from CNN.

King's final message: Poverty is a civil rights battle - CNN's In America blog

First family honors King with service project - CNN's 1600 Report blog

Day of service marks King's birthday - CNN

What did King think about gay people - CNN's Belief blog

Remembering MLK at his home church - CNN Photos

Boy Scout prepares to lay wreath at MLK statue in San Antonio - CNN iReport

Occupiers march for MLK - CNN iReport

Washington ceremony marks MLK's birthday - CNN

King in his own words - Time Photos

Memories of an icon: What six of Kings' friends will never forget - CNN Presents interactive

Students take on 'I have a dream' - CNN video

MLK memorial quote to be corrected - CNN

MLK, born at just the right time - CNN Opinion

Donna Brazile: For King, the right to vote was sacred - CNN Opinion

Remembering Dr. King - CNN's Schools of Thought blog

Interfaith cooperation on campus and the legacy of MLK - CNN's Schools of Thought blog

Atlantans use art to carry on legacy - CNN Video

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  1. Jimmy

    O'Reilly is a real journalist. He reotrps the important news. That candidate Obama has been mentored for 20 years by an anti-White fanatic is news. That there are large black churches that are subversive and anti-American right here in the U.S. is news.Want to talk about rubbing salt into the wounds that's what the Reverend Wright does every Sunday. But O'Reilly's not perfect. If he said Martin Luther King would have forgiven Sen. McCain then that is wrong. McCain has done nothing King needs to forgive.

    August 3, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nyugdíj - Nyugdíj 2012

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    April 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jenise

    "Just one drop" ... mmm .. With genetic testing there is going to be a WHOLE LOT of people erasing the check mark they put in the box. Many blacks will find they have more "white" than they ever thought possible, even with dark dark skin! Love it. Fun times await us. We'll soon see who's "crawling out of the woodwork."

    January 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenise

      It's me again. Sentence in previous post should read, " A lot of WHITES people are going to have to remove the check they placed in the "white" box.

      January 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jammaster

    I agree with you TC. There is only one race, the human race. In the past racism was used to justify slavery. Now it's used to bolster the egos of those with low self esteem. People use racial superiority to compensate for their own feelings of low self worth.

    If it wasn't race, they would use gender, religion, social class or some other demographic method to compensate for their feelings of low self esteem. The digital version of this is trolling. They'll be here in no time.

    January 16, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. TC Jones

    I was watching a bit about race and the "one drop" rule, which is totally like using stone knives and bearskins. It's sad that the battle of race is still ongoing. We have to struggle to get to the top of the hill to realize we all roll down-hill the same way or walk carefully, evaluating each step, together, one step at a time.

    When humanity realizes that there indeed is only one race, the Human Race, and view others as such, the battle of "racial ideology" will continue with many making issue of it. It doesn't take just "one drop" or a group of genetic code to make a person this or that, in the end, we still are the same members of the Human Race. And all of the other classifications are just false social classes or groups, which were brought about through false ideologies and social perspectives for control over a perceived and invented group of humanity, which usually doesn't have a voice which speaks loudly enough to break the barriers of falsehoods.

    Skin coloring used to denote whether a group or tribe was civilized or barbarians, but now it's what's on the inside, and what's in the heart that makes us either one of those two things, and the majority do not realize it that false ideologies do not care to discriminate to spread.

    We as a collective of Humanity, must work on this issue, bring it out in the fore-front, discuss it, and settle the falseness of racial equality, because with having just one Human Race, there is no room for discrimination or recrimination. With this said, the groupings of subsets of racial groups becomes moot and obsolete. Humanity deserves more than that and has the capacity to go far beyond the false ideologies and social perspectives of having several racial classes or groups.

    If only...

    January 16, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |