The Martin Luther King Papers Project would have an interest in the papers that are being withheld by Bernice (a suitcase of letters, now scattered over a hundred boxes?). Coretta maintained that correspondence between her husband and herself was part of the Coretta Scott, not the Martin Luther, King Papers, but that didn't keep her from asking thousands of other people to share their privately owned documents with the MLK Papers Project. I would know, because I drafted those letters for her to sign. I have long believed that the editor of the King Papers, Clayborne Carson, ought to examine early federal grant applications that were signed by Coretta for her commitment to make all MLK-related documents available to the Project. The city of Atlanta, which recently paid $32 million for a major collection of the MLK Papers, ought also complain about what the family withheld from it, but it is unlikely that it will.
comments powered by Disqus
Paul Noonan - 10/15/2008
Every time I read another story about MLK's kids selling their father's image for use in a commercial or, as here, squabbling among themselves I can't help thinking of his famous statement at the 1963 rally when he expressed the hope that when his children grew up they would be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.
Well, thanks to Dr. King and many others, African-Americans are judged by their character more than by their skin color to a greater degree than was imaginable in 1963.
And as to the character of Martin III, Dexter and Berniece...? Well, it's not like they're out there commiting crimes or anything, but one would think they could find ways to spend their lives that better reflect their father's legacy.
- Number of women leaders around the world has grown, but they’re still a small group
- Say goodbye to the weirdest border dispute in the world
- Harvard acquires Thoreau's notes on the death of Margaret Fuller
- It’s a national historic site, but hardly anybody visits the Idaho internment camp where thousands of Japanese Americans were incarcerated in WW II
- Big-time Hollywood director makes a movie about Stonewall
- Richard Rothstein says government policy created ghettos
- The Islamic historian who can explain why some states fail and others succeed
- High school senior credited with debunking book by Professor Richard Jensen
- Historians at loggerheads over the AP standards
- Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems