Feds investigate King…again

Posted: May 15, 2008 in 1

Someone was kind enough to e-mail me the following story after hearing me on NPR “News and Notes” yesterday (which b.t.w. the audio link is still not available—I will post it as soon as NPR places it on their site).

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Outsourcing of King Memorial to China Is Probed

By JOSH GERSTEIN, Staff Reporter of the Sun

A federal investigation is under way into the organization raising funds for a memorial to the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in the nation’s capital, according to two people interviewed as part of the inquiry.

The probe of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation is being conducted by the inspector general of the Interior Department, which oversees the National Park Service.

The scope of the inquiry is not clear, but it seems to focus on whether the foundation was obliged to follow federal procurement rules, including competitive bidding and so-called “Buy American” policies favoring domestic sources. The foundation is largely supported by private donations, but it received almost $10 million from the federal government in 2006. (more…)

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As I have been saying since my conversation with the folks at King is Ours back in September of last year, while I fully support the argument that the King monument should not be created or funded by a communist country, I take strong issue with this organization making it into a race issue/anti-communism issue only after it was realized that a Black sculptor was not going to do the work. Ed Dwight (member of King is Ours) knew of China connection beforehand, yet as a consultant for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, he was one of those that approved the project in the first place.

In the meantime, here is another sculpture of MLK I was able to find on the net. This one comes to us from Virginia. I wonder if anyone found this one “too confrontational”?

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