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MLK papers to find home at Morehouse College

by EdH / June 24, 2006 12:28 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Good.
by Evie / June 24, 2006 12:30 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) This is very good news.
by Ziks511 / June 25, 2006 8:04 AM PDT
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The price was...
by J. Vega / June 25, 2006 10:32 AM PDT

The price was 32 million dollars. I'm puzzled that the CNN story said " an undisclosed amount of money", as that story and amount was at the top of the front page in that morning's Atlanta paper. I suppose someone at some other bureau, like New York, could have written that story.

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Is that for sure?
by EdH / June 25, 2006 11:18 AM PDT
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Or was that the projected price for the auction that was cancelled? Good deal for the family.

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by duckman / June 25, 2006 11:24 AM PDT
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I'ts a good deal for the government as that will be taxed at a rather high rate. Imagine the refund if donated

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MLK papers to stay in Atlanta
by Mark5019 / June 25, 2006 11:43 AM PDT
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The collection of manuscripts and books that was to be auctioned at Sotheby?s within a week was purchased by a group of influential black citizens who will ensure the collection stays in King?s hometown of Atlanta.

The collection of manuscripts and papers of Martin Luther King Jr., originally set to be auctioned at Sotheby?s in New York later this month, have been purchased by a group of influential black citizens so the collection can remain in Kings? hometown of Atlanta.

The compilation, which includes thousands of Kings? writings, including his famous ?I have a dream? speech, was sold for $32 million to a group including former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.

"They really are remarkable, wonderful and important and moving documents,? said David Redden, Sotheby's vice-chairman. ?I'm so thrilled that you will have them in Atlanta.?

The collection, which also includes about a thousand of King?s personal books, will be given to Morehouse College in Atlanta, where King graduated in 1948. Morehouse is the nation's largest private liberal-arts college for black men.

Civil and business leaders worried the papers being sold by King's children would leave Atlanta, where King was born and where he and his widow are buried.

"The value of this collection goes so far beyond anything that you can put a price on,? Redden said. ?This collection is filled with some of the most sacred documents of America.?

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BS- I'm just glad........(nothing personal)
by lylesg / July 21, 2006 12:33 PM PDT

they turned the US Dept. of Parks and Rec's. offer of 20,000,000.00 down. The fed's offered to buy the papers and display them right here in Atlanta, but the King kids said NO, they wanted more money and they wanted to retain copyright's to every single document as they currently do. They are a greedy bunch and that family has robbed the King Center here in Atlanta blind. The facility is in ill need of repair, but there is no money to pay for the repairs. However, various members of King's family do own their own businesses and they hire out as ''consultants'' etc. for the Center and they've bled it dry including taxpayer monies donated by the Fed's.

I'm not saying that the King family should have donated his papers to the govt., although typically most family's likely would donate such documents, but that the success of the Civil Rights movement was/is something we've all contributed to as a nation and it's not entirely all about the King family. I am saying that they are a greedy bunch and that the maintenance of the MLK Center will continue to be neglected and that the King family will soon enough start crying about the lack of funds and insist that taxpayers do their part .........

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