Newsweek Apologizes for Tweeting ‘Insensitive’ MLK Photo

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy still affects multitudes of people around the world. (Courtesy of Democracy Now)
Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy still affects multitudes of people around the world. (Courtesy of Democracy Now)

Newsweek has been taken to task by the family of Martin Luther King Jr. over a photo the magazine tweeted, then quickly deleted, on Monday of the slain civil rights leader in his coffin.

Newsweek explained its blunder in an online apology that was accepted by King’s daughter, Bernice King.

“Earlier this afternoon we published an opinion piece with an insensitive image of Martin Luther King Jr.,” the magazine said. “We sincerely apologize to the King family for this egregious error.”

Afterward, Bernice King took to social media to address the issue, saying that media outlets should consider her family and exercise caution with any images they choose of her father, particularly as the 50th anniversary of his death in April nears.

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