Greedy King Children at it Again

Guest Columnist | 9/19/2012, 12:10 p.m.

So what is their angle? You know the money grubbing Kings had to have one. Bernice King, CEO of the King Center in Atlanta, announced a year-long celebration leading to the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

"We are excited by the four days of activities we have organized to commemorate my father's 'I Have a Dream' speech, in cooperation with the MLK, Jr. National Historic Site and the CDC," she said.

The King Center - which has been managed by Dexter, Martin III and now Bernice - hopes to raise $170 million from the events.

But a focus on jobs wouldn't put any money into the King coffers. And they've already shown that is one of their major objectives. They had arranged for Sotheby to auction King's papers in 2006. But Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin stepped in and organized a private group that paid $32 million for the papers and donated them to Morehouse College, King's alma mater.

Had he been alive, that's something Dr. King probably would have done. But unlike his children, he wouldn't do it to make a buck.

George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA) and editorial director of Heart & Soul magazine. He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge.