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May 22, 2008

King As He Was

President and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Harry Johnson addresses the recent design controversy via an item in the AJC.

While it is not unusual for the CFA and foundations similar to ours to have creative differences, we were surprised at the timing of such criticism, since we had submitted similar images of the Stone of Hope to the CFA since November.

As a result of the criticism, we scheduled a face-to-face meeting with the chairman of the CFA this week and agreed that we are not as far apart as reported. We agreed that some tweaking —- not a major overhaul —- is needed. Additionally, we were pleased to read that the CFA member who communicated this criticism told The New York Times this past weekend that he now regrets the language of the letter. We will submit an updated image at the beginning of June, and it is our hope to receive final CFA approval.

Also, with the header "King As He Was," Chris Suellentrop at The New York Times appears to agree with Eugene Robinson's piece we linked two days ago.

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