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Showing posts with label Martin Luther King Jr. King Family Law Suit.. Show all posts
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

The King Brand.

When is enough, enough? The family of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are begging for a share of the proceeds from the sudden wave of T-shirts, posters and other merchandise depicting the civil rights leader alongside Barack Obama. Isaac Newton Farris Jr., King's nephew and head of the nonprofit King Center in Atlanta, said the estate is entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars in licensing fees — maybe even millions.

Come-on will somebody get these money hungry people. We're not trying to stop anybody from legitimately supporting themselves," he said, "but we cannot allow our brand to be abused." Their "brand"? Their "brand"?! The King children continue to be an ongoing embarrassment to the legacy of a great leader as they remain in the news not for continuing MLK's fight for social justice but for lawsuits (and threats thereof) over money.

Money seems to be the only thing the King family are concerned about as they completely miss the point that the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States is the very fulfillment of MLK's dream. Now,I can understand if people wanted to make a music CD using audio of King or for that matter a video using footage of king. Now that's different. Maybe then I could understand the estate's point, here.

I can't imagine Dr. King cutting the fool at this time in history by squabbling over money. Come-on this constant bickering and unseemly money-grubbing by his family is a ongoing stain on his memory.