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Subject: [BKLYN] "Front Story" # 1
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:00:33 -0400 (EDT)


Hey Folks,

Think irony and peruse what's going on today!

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is open to the public today
in Washington, DC (A) "If you build it [they] will come," as the spirit voice
[James Earl Jones] said in my all-time favorite sports film, "Field of
Dreams." Dreams. Hmmm, ironic connotations to MLK, Jr. and Harlem Renaissance
poet, Langston Hughes.

CLICK ON VIRTUAL TOUR:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/08/22/139845832/martin-luther-king-
memorial-opens-to-the-public

The King memorial stands proudly thirty feet tall between the Lincoln and
Jefferson Memorials.

Now, a little backstory.

Both US Presidents Jefferson and Lincoln publicly spoke for emancipation of
slaves. But, there is another ironic twist with Jefferson, the prime scribe
of the "Declaration of Independence," (B) announcing that all men are
equal. This concept excluded more than two hundred slaves, males and females, who
toiled at Jefferson's Monticello home. That's the short version.

In Herndon's biography of Lincoln, his former law partner, Herdon noted
that Lincoln's pre-presidential belief in emancipation was challenged by a
political milieu of states demanding the right to decide for themselves. Once
elected president, then Southern states seceding from the union, Lincoln hit
his brick wall, which finally culminated in his handwritten "Emancipation
Proclamation." (C)
No presidential speech writers in those days.

Back to the present.

On NPR radio today, one of King's daughter's reminded listeners that this
memorial to her father is particularly enlightening, since the FBI once
considered her father as a threat to American society.

Amazing irony, especially in light of how the USA has changed since King
lived.

A) MLK Memorial URL: http://www.mlkmemorial.org/
B) Full Text URL:
http://www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/freedom/doi/text.html
C) Full Text URL:
http://libertyonline.hypermall.com/Lincoln/emancipate.html

@ Barb 8.22.2011
Metro NYC Researcher


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