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Columbia man convicted of dealing drugs in and near Martin Luther King Park, could get life in prison – The State


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Columbia man convicted of dealing drugs in and near Martin Luther King Park, could get life in prison
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A 35-year-old Columbia man, arrested after a two-year investigation into drug dealing and illegal guns in South Columbia's Martin Luther King Park and Greene Street areas, was convicted Thursday on 11 federal drug and weapons charges. Emanuel …

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Sculpture honoring MLK and Father Hesburgh is unveiled in … – South Bend Tribune

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It’s also a sign of work yet to be done, he said. “The truth is the struggle for equality and justice in our country, in our time, has not stopped. We’re all part of a bigger tapestry,” Buttigieg said.

The wrappings around the artwork were removed by a group of local children, and the sculpture was greeted by applause.

The artwork is by Granger-based artist Tuck Langland, a retired Indiana University South Bend fine arts professor.

It depictsHesburgh and King joining hands, just as they did at a civil rights rally in Chicago on June 21, 1964. The sculpture is based on a famous photo captured of a scene at that rally.

The Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, recalled Hesburgh describing attending that rally in Chicago. King was considered a controversial figure in 1964, and many community leaders including Chicago’s mayor and the city’s Catholic archbishop declined invitations to join him at the rally, Jenkins said.

Someone from King’s staff called Hesburgh on that Sunday morning and asked him to participate. Hesburgh’s response was: “What time do you need me?”, Jenkins said. The priest got in his car, drove to Chicago and joined hands with King and others at the Soldier Field gathering to sing “We Shall Overcome.” An unknown photographer snapped the picture.

Children surround the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Children help unveil a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Rose Meissner, Rev. John l. Lenkins and Virginia Calvin, hold hands in prayer during the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Dr. Virginia Calvin, from the African American Community fund makes remarks during the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Gladys Muhammad hugs Rev. John l. Jenkins prior to the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

A banner depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 flies near Leighton Plaza where a statue was unveiled, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Sculptor Tuck Langland speaks during the unveiling of his new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

A new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 stands at Leighton Plaza, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Troy Patterson Thomas recites Martin Luther King’s; “I have a dream,” speech during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Univeristy of Notre Dame President Rev. John l. Jenkins speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg hugs former U.S. Ambassador to India Tim Roemer during the unveiling of new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to a crowd during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Children surround the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Children help unveil a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Rose Meissner, Rev. John l. Lenkins and Virginia Calvin, hold hands in prayer during the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Dr. Virginia Calvin, from the African American Community fund makes remarks during the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Gladys Muhammad hugs Rev. John l. Jenkins prior to the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

A banner depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 flies near Leighton Plaza where a statue was unveiled, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Sculptor Tuck Langland speaks during the unveiling of his new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

A new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 stands at Leighton Plaza, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Troy Patterson Thomas recites Martin Luther King’s; “I have a dream,” speech during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Univeristy of Notre Dame President Rev. John l. Jenkins speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg hugs former U.S. Ambassador to India Tim Roemer during the unveiling of new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to a crowd during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ

President Barack Obama was the 2009 commencement speaker at Notre Dame. Jenkins recalled witnessing Hesburgh meet Obama that weekend, and also presenting him with an autographed copy of that famous photo.

With local children surrounding him, Troy Patterson Thomas, of Gary, Ind., gave a stirring recitation of King’s famous 1963 “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Tim Roemer, a former congressman for this district and former ambassador to India, announced a memorial fountain honoring his late father, James Roemer, will be placed near the sculpture. The elder Roemer, who died in 2013, was a lifelong local resident who served as dean of students and later director of community relations at Notre Dame.

Miracle Miller, 12, of South Bend, was excited to attend the ceremony and see the artwork unveiled. “I’ve learned about how we can bring more people together,” she said.

Rozell Newbill of South Bend attended the ceremony with his four sons. A Catholic, Newbill recalled how he knew Hesburgh and got advice from him. “The Holy Spirit brought us together,” he said.

“This is a great honor to see two great men (depicted) in South Bend,” said Deborah Mobley of South Bend.

The sculpture, slightly larger than life size, was funded by private donations.

At the end, the crowd joined hands and sang “We Shall Overcome.”

The artwork is designed to encourage people to stop and join hands with the figures. People in the crowd immediately did so, snapping photos of themselves standing hand in hand with the legendary civil rights leaders.

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At Issue: Should legislator be compelled to be part of MLK statue? – Atlanta Journal Constitution

A member of the State Legislature wants no part of bringing a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. to capitol grounds. State Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) doesnt want his name included on a plaque that will accompany a statue of King that will soon be unveiled at the state capitol.

I want everybody name who was associated with the statue on the statue. In the spirit of Dr. King we want it, said SCLC President and CEO Charles Steele. If he believes, to any degree, in the upward mobility of what he is supposed to represent, he would want his name on there. But if you dont believe in freedom and justice, we dont want you.

On the opposite side is a member of organization charged with keeping the memory of the Confederacy alive.

Grady Vickery, a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans in Dawsonville said he does not personally know Benton, but says Benton has every right to remove his name from a statue honoring King. Vickery also supports statements Benton has made that the Civil War was not started over slavery.

What should be done? Does it matter if Bentons name is left off the plaque? Or is that a misrepresentation of history? Since he was against the statue in the first place, is it O.K. for him to abstain from participation? Or must he be a part of the project so that it reflects his constituents?

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AT ISSUE: SHOULD REED HAVE REVERSED DECISION ON RAINBOW SIDEWALKS?

Reversing a decision of October 2015, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed now supports painting a permanent rainbow crosswalk at 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue in Midtown as a symbol of unity with the LGBTQ community.

Heres what readers had to say about it:

Frankly, Im getting tired of having to show special favoritism to specific groups who think their cause is the most important focus a community should have. Political pandering is all that this is. Sad this group seems to get more press time than remembering those who died protecting this country and their constitutional right to be different. But they spit on everyone else who wont agree with their point of view. D. Stephan

As far as the rainbow crosswalk is concerned, what does God say about it? I think you will find it in Leviticus 18:22. Look it up and see what he says. Charlotte and Thomas Brayton

Rainbow-hued crosswalks dont bother me. I see them as persistent cries for recognition of a deviant lifestyle (but) Im concerned that our children might see these signs of rebellion as another way to resist parental guidance. Its hard enough for parents to raise children without having to explain why a self-marginalized groups behavior is considered normal by the media and public officials. Jack Franklin

This is very distracting; I almost ran into the car in front of me looking at it. The car behind me did the same. Let the LGBQT community paint something that will not cause accidents. Jack Malott

(They) didnt think about that, but if ISIS or the Boy Scouts wanted to designate some public space as their own, the mayor would have to consider it. Daisy Cook

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Truth from a Black Perspective – Afro American

The trade association for Black-owned newspapers is holding their annual conference in Prince Georges County, Md.

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) annual meeting is taking place from June 20-24 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md. Benjamin Chavis, the president and CEO of NNPA, told the AFROthat this conference is at a key moment.

This is a pivotal moment for the Black press, Chavis said. As we celebrate the 190th anniversary of Freedoms Journal, it is important that we continue the legacy of publishing and disseminating the truth from a Black perspective.

The Freedoms Journalwas founded in 1827 in New York City by John Russworm and Samuel Cornish with the famous moniker of we wish to plead our own cause and for too long others have spoken for us.

The NNPA was founded in 1940 when John Sengstacke, publisher of the Chicago Defenderorganized Black publishers from across the country to come together for a common purpose the benefit of Negro journalism. The organization was known as the National Negro Publishers Association but in 1958, that was changed to its present name.

The NNPA, based in Washington D.C., has 211 member newspapers, including the AFRO. Its readership is estimated at 15 million and member newspapers are in almost all major urban areas with a concentrated Black presence.

The organization played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, publishing stories about the struggles and victories and helping to mobilize Blacks and friendly Whites to the cause.

We declare that the Black press is more important today than it was 190 years ago, Chavis said. We have a president of the United States who questions the value of the press and it is up to the Black press to tell and value the truth.

The conferences theme is Celebrating 190 Years of Black Press in America: Legacy, Innovation, and Empowerment. Chavis said that the charge for Black publishers is to reassert ourselves because we are perceived by Black America as the trusted voice of Black America.

Chavis said the conference has an estimated 500 registrants. The merit awards ceremony/dinner will take place June 22. On June 23, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Martin Luther King III, the son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Days before the inauguration of Donald Trump, Martin Luther King III met with the president-elect to advocate for free voter ID cards for all Americans.

We decided to give the award to Martin because next April will be the 50th anniversary of Dr. Kings assassination and King III has consistently upheld his fathers legacy and continued Dr. Kings dream, Chavis said.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School Renovation Plan Gets Hartford Board Of Ed Approval – Hartford Courant

The $68 million revival of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School is back on track after the city board of education endorsed new plans Tuesday night that will be sent to the state for approval.

After working with the state for weeks on the proposal, Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez expressed confidence that King, a hulking symbol of educational inequity on a hill in north Hartford, will finally be renovated after years of broken promises.

“When our students come into a building and things are falling apart … they think that that’s all they’re worth,” board member Juan Hernandez said in the elementary school’s auditorium, where spectators sat in broken seats with ripped, faded cushions. The space, frigid on a warm evening, smelled of mildew.

Board member Richard Wareing said King represented the “institutional neglect of our schools.” Despite school overhauls and stunning magnet schools in other neighborhoods, the district said the once-grand, Collegiate Gothic building just west of Keney Park has not received a major renovation since it opened in the 1920s, originally as a high school.

City school leaders and parents who have seen rodents scurrying inside have decried the facility conditions as deplorable and unsafe for children. More than 300 students attend the pre-K-to-grade-8 school named after the civil rights hero, and will remain in the Ridgefield Street building for at least another year, according to the proposal.

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If all goes as planned, the new King could reopen by fall 2020.

Just months ago, the proposed renovation had seemed all but buried. The state shelved the project last year amid a budget crunch, leaving unanswered questions about the school’s fate.

Talks continued behind the scenes. Still, Torres-Rodriguez said she was as surprised as anyone when, in a recent conversation about the renovation of Weaver High School in north Hartford, the state suggested it could cover the vast majority of the King project costs up to 95 percent if Hartford agreed to include a Sheff magnet school, Breakthrough II, inside a revamped King campus.

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Since then, city school officials have been dashing to submit a revised proposal to the state school construction grants office so it could be included as a priority bonding project in the state budget package, whenever it is passed. The legislature has been deadlocked on the budget that carries high stakes for Hartford as the city tries to avoid bankruptcy.

The educational details that the school board approved Tuesday include the big picture: a 800-student campus that would feature a reimagined King Middle School but also include Breakthrough II, an elementary magnet created under the Sheff v. O’Neill desegregation pact. The schools, with 400 students each, would have separate entrances but share common areas such as the cafeteria and media center.

Unlike many Greater Hartford magnet schools, Breakthrough II, which would be renamed Breakthrough North, has gone without a gleaming school facility. Located in a former neighborhood school in north Hartford, the magnet has struggled over the years to attract enough white and Asian students from the suburbs to be counted as integrated.

The King project would take about three years to finish, including a year of planning. Costs would likely exceed the original $68 million price tag, a state construction official told city residents last month.

More broadly, a King middle school would be a key piece of the consolidation puzzle as the city school system facing long-term fiscal uncertainty and dwindling enrollment plans for a future with fewer Hartford schools, Torres-Rodriguez said. The district’s elementary programs currently serve pre-K to eighth grade, a strain on diminishing resources.

If King is reconfigured to accept middle-schoolers from seven neighborhood schools in north Hartford and the Asylum Hill area, that could make it is easier to merge certain elementary schools.

One of Torres-Rodriguez’s chief concerns is keeping families invested in the Hartford schools. With King, she sees a middle-school pathway, built on educational best practices, that could then take students to the modernized Weaver for high school.

The King renovation would maintain the building’s historic architecture. But much of the inside would be demolished, except for the school auditorium.

A hope is that the project could spur neighborhood revitalization, too. “This is not only about the school and education,” Jose Colon-Rivas, the district’s chief operating officer, said at a recent meeting. “It goes above and beyond.”

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Statue of Fr. Hesburgh & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. unveiled in South Bend – WNDU-TV

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – South Bend leaders unveiled a statue of Father Theodore Hesburgh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday.

The two were photographed in 1964 holding hands in song at a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago.

The project is titled “We Shall Overcome.” It was unveiled at Leighton Plaza in downtown South Bend.

Watch video of the entire ceremony on Facebook.

We had a crew at the march and unveiling, and we’ll have a full report on NewsCenter 16 Wednesday evening.

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg will join Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, President of the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Virginia Calvin of the African American Community Fund, the Honorable Roland W. Chamblee Jr., who will serve as emcee, monument donors, and guests in unveiling the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Fr. Theodore Hesburgh monument on June 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Leighton Plaza. The monument depicts the famous photograph of Father Hesburgh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holding hands while singing “We Shall Overcome” at a civil rights rally in Chicago in 1964. The monument, a life-size model of the two icons, will be interactive and allow the public to join the open hands of the two men. It will serve as a reminder of the history of civil rights gains and foster the pride South Bend has in its diversity and dedication to social justice. Placed at the entrance of the plaza, the monument, in conjunction with other improvements, will help transform the space into a lively and engaging community gathering place that promotes unity and dialog.

Residents are also invited to gather at 10:00 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center (1522 Linden Ave) for a march to the unveiling ceremony at Leighton Plaza. Transpo will provide a free shuttle from downtown to the King Center so those participating in the march can park their vehicles downtown, where they will ultimately return for the unveiling. The Transpo shuttles will depart from Washington Street next to the former Hall of Fame Gridiron at the following times: 9:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m., and 9:50 a.m.

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Father Theodore Hesburgh were moral leaders of their time. This monument will serve to commemorate their work and inspire others to emulate their courage. Residents of South Bend can join hands with the two men and remember the sacrifices they made in the name of justice and equality, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said.

The monument was designed by internationally renowned local sculptor Tuck Langland and is funded through private donations with many organizations, institutions, and individuals supporting, including: the African American Community Fund, Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, University of Notre Dame, Arthur J. Decio, Dorene & Jerry Hammes (with appreciation to Melanie Chapleau, Personal Assistant), Jerry H. Mowbray, Great Lakes Capital, Visit South Bend Mishawaka, and the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority.

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SCLC and Confederate group clash over lawmaker’s MLK statue decision – Atlanta Journal Constitution

The president of the organization founded in 1957 by Martin Luther King Jr., said he wants the name of state Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) included on a plaque that will accompany a statue of King that will soon be unveiled at the state capitol.

That is if Benton believes in justice.

But a member of organization charged with keeping the memory of the Confederacy alive says Benton has every right to remove his name from a statue honoring King. He said the lawmaker probably felt betrayed by his colleagues.

Earlier this month,Benton asked that his name be omitted completely from the statue after a request was made to everyone who was going to be included on the statue to double check the spelling of their names.

I want everybody name who was associated with the statue on the statue. In the spirit of Dr. King we want it, said SCLC President and CEO Charles Steele. If he believes, to any degree, in the upward mobility of what he is supposed to represent, he would want his name on there. But if you dont believe in freedom and justice, we dont want you.

That seems to be the question.

Benton, who was a prominent member of the House leadership, has seen a spiralling demotion to backbencher status, thanks to the controversial headlines he has been making lately.

Last week Benton forwarded an article titled The Absurdity of Slavery as the Cause of the War Between the States, to several members of the House, including House Speaker David Ralston, (R-Blue Ridge.)

Last Friday Ralston stripped Benton of his leadershipposition as chairman of the House Committee on Human Relations and Aging.

Ralston also bounced Benton off a study committee on civics education in Georgias public schools. Ralston had appointed him to the committee earlier this month.

The appointment was controversial, as Benton had spent the past two years making provocative comments about the Civil War, race relations and the Ku Klux Klan.

A clay modeling of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue to be placed on the state Capitol lawn in August. Courtesy Georgia Building Authority. Georgia Building Authority

Those demotions likely affected Bentons decision, said Grady Vickery, a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans in Dawsonville. Vickery does not personally know Benton, but supports Bentons statement that the Civil War was not started over slavery. He also supports Bentons failed moves to protect Confederate iconography in Georgia.

If you start taking down monuments to the Confederates, then before you know it youre going to go after statues of Martin Luther King, Vickery said. How are we going to teach our young people if we dont keep these benchmarks to show them what happened?

In an interview with the AJC published in January 2016,Benton said the Klan was not so much a racist thing but a vigilante thing to keep law and order.

It made a lot of people straighten up, he said. Im not saying what they did was right. Its just the way things were.

Steele said that there is an SCLC chapter in Jefferson and he is ready to mobilize a march.

It is not about him. It is about who he represents, Steele said. Can his district allow this kind of mindset to represent them? We need to take a trip down to his district and rally, because right now, it is an insult and belittles the progress that we as Americans have made.

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Unveiling of Hesburgh-MLK sculpture is Wednesday – South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND The unveiling of a new sculpture of the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh and the Rev. Martin Luther King will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Leighton Plaza at 130 S. Main St. in downtown South Bend.

The ceremony is free and open to the general public.

The sculpture, designed by Granger-based artist Tuck Langland, depicts Hesburgh, the late longtime president of the University of Notre Dame, and King, the slain civil rights leader, joining hands, just as they did at a civil rights rally in Chicago in 1964. The sculpture is based on a famous photo captured of a scene at that rally.

The sculpture, slightly larger than life size, was funded by private donations.

Local residents also are invited to gather at 10 a.m. that day at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1522 Linden Ave., for a march to the unveiling ceremony.

Transpo will provide a free shuttle from downtown to the King Center so those participating in the march may park their vehicles downtown, where they will return for the unveiling. The shuttles will depart from Washington Street next to Gridiron Plaza at 9:30, 9:40 and 9:50 a.m. on the day of the event.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, will attend the unveiling.

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PRESS ROOM: NNPA to Honor Martin Luther King III with 2017 Lifetime Legacy Award at Annual Conference – Black Press USA

CONTACT: Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. Email: dr.bchavis@nnpa.org Phone: (202) 588-8764

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WASHINGTON/June 19, 2017/NNPA Newswire/The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) will honor Martin Luther King, III with the 2017 Lifetime Legacy Award during the groups annual conference this week (June 20-June24) at the Gaylord Convention Center at the National Harbor in Prince Georges County, Md.

As the oldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III serves as an ambassador of his parents legacy of nonviolent social change. In 1997, Mr. King was elected as the fourth president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) where he co-sponsored the 40th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington.

Following his service with SCLC, Mr. King founded Realizing the Dream, which focused on redressing poverty by strategizing with community organizers to ignite investment in the local neighborhoods and foster peaceful coexistence within the U.S. and internationally.

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA, said that the group is especially pleased to present the 2017 Lifetime Legacy Award to Martin Luther King III.

For decades, more than anyone else, Martin Luther King III has continued to personify and represent the living legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for freedom, justice and equality, said Chavis.

King will accept the Lifetime Legacy Award on Friday evening (June 23).

On Tuesday, June 20, the NNPA will kick off the conference with the National Black Parents Town Hall Meeting on Educational Excellence featuring radio personality and community activist DJ EZ Street; Hilary Shelton, the director of the NAACPs Washington Bureau; Dr. Marietta English, the president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators; and Lynn Jennings of Education Trust.

The conference will also feature a panel discussion about the documentary Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten; a conversation with NNPA members who operate publications that are more than 100 years old; and a presentation by the Nissan Foundation on 25 years of community service.

The NNPA will also name the Publisher of the Year during the Merit Awards on Thursday evening.

Dr. Chavis said that support of the NNPAs partners, sponsors and advertisers is critically important and appreciated.

NNPA partners include: General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Reynolds America Incorporated, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The conference is sponsored by Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan, Comcast, AT&T, Facebook, Macys, Koch Industries, New York Life, Northrop Grumman, Coca Cola, AARP, Goldman Sacs, and Prince Georges County.

Denise Rolark Barnes, the chairwoman of the NNPA, said that this years conference is a celebration of the Black Press.

For 190 years, since the first Black newspaper was published on March 16, 1827, Black newspaper publishers have been actively engaged in ending slavery and Jim Crow, fighting against segregation and for civil rights, and galvanizing the electorate that voted for the nations first Black president, said Barnes. Our collective voices, with well over 200 Black-owned media companies across the U.S. and in the Caribbean, are strong, defiant and determined to be heard.

Barnes continued: Despite our struggles, we remain relevant and strong within our communities. We welcome those to this conference who support our work, value our impact and share our belief in an inclusive and diverse country.

For more information about the conference, please visit www.nnpa-events.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION (NNPA) The NNPA is a national trade association of 211 Black and women-owned U.S. media companies with a weekly print and digital readership of over 20.1 million Black Americans. The Black Press of America is 190 years old. The NNPA is known as the Black Press of America and the Voice of Black America, because its member publishers are trusted, respected and embedded in their local communities where they provide significant influence and impact. Learn more about the NNPA.org.

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Columbia man convicted of dealing drugs in and near Martin Luther King Park, could get life in prison – The State

The State Columbia man convicted of dealing drugs in and near Martin Luther King Park, could get life in prison The State A 35-year-old Columbia man, arrested after a two-year investigation into drug dealing and illegal guns in South Columbia's Martin Luther King Park and Greene Street areas, was convicted Thursday on 11 federal drug and weapons charges. Emanuel …

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Sculpture honoring MLK and Father Hesburgh is unveiled in … – South Bend Tribune

Video: WATCH: Scenes from unveiling of MLK-Hesburgh sculpture in South Bend It’s also a sign of work yet to be done, he said. “The truth is the struggle for equality and justice in our country, in our time, has not stopped. We’re all part of a bigger tapestry,” Buttigieg said. The wrappings around the artwork were removed by a group of local children, and the sculpture was greeted by applause. The artwork is by Granger-based artist Tuck Langland, a retired Indiana University South Bend fine arts professor. It depictsHesburgh and King joining hands, just as they did at a civil rights rally in Chicago on June 21, 1964. The sculpture is based on a famous photo captured of a scene at that rally. The Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, recalled Hesburgh describing attending that rally in Chicago. King was considered a controversial figure in 1964, and many community leaders including Chicago’s mayor and the city’s Catholic archbishop declined invitations to join him at the rally, Jenkins said. Someone from King’s staff called Hesburgh on that Sunday morning and asked him to participate. Hesburgh’s response was: “What time do you need me?”, Jenkins said. The priest got in his car, drove to Chicago and joined hands with King and others at the Soldier Field gathering to sing “We Shall Overcome.” An unknown photographer snapped the picture. Children surround the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Children help unveil a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Rose Meissner, Rev. John l. Lenkins and Virginia Calvin, hold hands in prayer during the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Dr. Virginia Calvin, from the African American Community fund makes remarks during the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Gladys Muhammad hugs Rev. John l. Jenkins prior to the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ A banner depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 flies near Leighton Plaza where a statue was unveiled, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Sculptor Tuck Langland speaks during the unveiling of his new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ A new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 stands at Leighton Plaza, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Troy Patterson Thomas recites Martin Luther King’s; “I have a dream,” speech during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Univeristy of Notre Dame President Rev. John l. Jenkins speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg hugs former U.S. Ambassador to India Tim Roemer during the unveiling of new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to a crowd during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Children surround the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Children help unveil a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Rose Meissner, Rev. John l. Lenkins and Virginia Calvin, hold hands in prayer during the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Dr. Virginia Calvin, from the African American Community fund makes remarks during the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Gladys Muhammad hugs Rev. John l. Jenkins prior to the unveiling of a new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ A banner depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 flies near Leighton Plaza where a statue was unveiled, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Sculptor Tuck Langland speaks during the unveiling of his new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ A new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964 stands at Leighton Plaza, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Troy Patterson Thomas recites Martin Luther King’s; “I have a dream,” speech during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Univeristy of Notre Dame President Rev. John l. Jenkins speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Former U.S. Ambassador to India, Tim Roemer speaks during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg hugs former U.S. Ambassador to India Tim Roemer during the unveiling of new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to a crowd during the unveiling of a new downtown sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators take photos of the new sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ Spectators hold hands and sing, “We Shall Overcome,” after the unveiling of a sculpture depicting the late father Hesburgh holding hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. based on the famous photo of them participating in a civil rights march in Chicago in 1964, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ President Barack Obama was the 2009 commencement speaker at Notre Dame. Jenkins recalled witnessing Hesburgh meet Obama that weekend, and also presenting him with an autographed copy of that famous photo. With local children surrounding him, Troy Patterson Thomas, of Gary, Ind., gave a stirring recitation of King’s famous 1963 “I Have a Dream Speech.” Tim Roemer, a former congressman for this district and former ambassador to India, announced a memorial fountain honoring his late father, James Roemer, will be placed near the sculpture. The elder Roemer, who died in 2013, was a lifelong local resident who served as dean of students and later director of community relations at Notre Dame. Miracle Miller, 12, of South Bend, was excited to attend the ceremony and see the artwork unveiled. “I’ve learned about how we can bring more people together,” she said. Rozell Newbill of South Bend attended the ceremony with his four sons. A Catholic, Newbill recalled how he knew Hesburgh and got advice from him. “The Holy Spirit brought us together,” he said. “This is a great honor to see two great men (depicted) in South Bend,” said Deborah Mobley of South Bend. The sculpture, slightly larger than life size, was funded by private donations. At the end, the crowd joined hands and sang “We Shall Overcome.” The artwork is designed to encourage people to stop and join hands with the figures. People in the crowd immediately did so, snapping photos of themselves standing hand in hand with the legendary civil rights leaders.

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At Issue: Should legislator be compelled to be part of MLK statue? – Atlanta Journal Constitution

A member of the State Legislature wants no part of bringing a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. to capitol grounds. State Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) doesnt want his name included on a plaque that will accompany a statue of King that will soon be unveiled at the state capitol. I want everybody name who was associated with the statue on the statue. In the spirit of Dr. King we want it, said SCLC President and CEO Charles Steele. If he believes, to any degree, in the upward mobility of what he is supposed to represent, he would want his name on there. But if you dont believe in freedom and justice, we dont want you. On the opposite side is a member of organization charged with keeping the memory of the Confederacy alive. Grady Vickery, a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans in Dawsonville said he does not personally know Benton, but says Benton has every right to remove his name from a statue honoring King. Vickery also supports statements Benton has made that the Civil War was not started over slavery. What should be done? Does it matter if Bentons name is left off the plaque? Or is that a misrepresentation of history? Since he was against the statue in the first place, is it O.K. for him to abstain from participation? Or must he be a part of the project so that it reflects his constituents? Send your comments to communitynews@ajc.com. Responses may be edited for length and/or clarity. They also may appear in print and/or online. AT ISSUE: SHOULD REED HAVE REVERSED DECISION ON RAINBOW SIDEWALKS? Reversing a decision of October 2015, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed now supports painting a permanent rainbow crosswalk at 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue in Midtown as a symbol of unity with the LGBTQ community. Heres what readers had to say about it: Frankly, Im getting tired of having to show special favoritism to specific groups who think their cause is the most important focus a community should have. Political pandering is all that this is. Sad this group seems to get more press time than remembering those who died protecting this country and their constitutional right to be different. But they spit on everyone else who wont agree with their point of view. D. Stephan As far as the rainbow crosswalk is concerned, what does God say about it? I think you will find it in Leviticus 18:22. Look it up and see what he says. Charlotte and Thomas Brayton Rainbow-hued crosswalks dont bother me. I see them as persistent cries for recognition of a deviant lifestyle (but) Im concerned that our children might see these signs of rebellion as another way to resist parental guidance. Its hard enough for parents to raise children without having to explain why a self-marginalized groups behavior is considered normal by the media and public officials. Jack Franklin This is very distracting; I almost ran into the car in front of me looking at it. The car behind me did the same. Let the LGBQT community paint something that will not cause accidents. Jack Malott (They) didnt think about that, but if ISIS or the Boy Scouts wanted to designate some public space as their own, the mayor would have to consider it. Daisy Cook David Ibata for the AJC

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Truth from a Black Perspective – Afro American

The trade association for Black-owned newspapers is holding their annual conference in Prince Georges County, Md. The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) annual meeting is taking place from June 20-24 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md. Benjamin Chavis, the president and CEO of NNPA, told the AFROthat this conference is at a key moment. This is a pivotal moment for the Black press, Chavis said. As we celebrate the 190th anniversary of Freedoms Journal, it is important that we continue the legacy of publishing and disseminating the truth from a Black perspective. The Freedoms Journalwas founded in 1827 in New York City by John Russworm and Samuel Cornish with the famous moniker of we wish to plead our own cause and for too long others have spoken for us. The NNPA was founded in 1940 when John Sengstacke, publisher of the Chicago Defenderorganized Black publishers from across the country to come together for a common purpose the benefit of Negro journalism. The organization was known as the National Negro Publishers Association but in 1958, that was changed to its present name. The NNPA, based in Washington D.C., has 211 member newspapers, including the AFRO. Its readership is estimated at 15 million and member newspapers are in almost all major urban areas with a concentrated Black presence. The organization played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, publishing stories about the struggles and victories and helping to mobilize Blacks and friendly Whites to the cause. We declare that the Black press is more important today than it was 190 years ago, Chavis said. We have a president of the United States who questions the value of the press and it is up to the Black press to tell and value the truth. The conferences theme is Celebrating 190 Years of Black Press in America: Legacy, Innovation, and Empowerment. Chavis said that the charge for Black publishers is to reassert ourselves because we are perceived by Black America as the trusted voice of Black America. Chavis said the conference has an estimated 500 registrants. The merit awards ceremony/dinner will take place June 22. On June 23, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Martin Luther King III, the son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Days before the inauguration of Donald Trump, Martin Luther King III met with the president-elect to advocate for free voter ID cards for all Americans. We decided to give the award to Martin because next April will be the 50th anniversary of Dr. Kings assassination and King III has consistently upheld his fathers legacy and continued Dr. Kings dream, Chavis said.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School Renovation Plan Gets Hartford Board Of Ed Approval – Hartford Courant

The $68 million revival of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School is back on track after the city board of education endorsed new plans Tuesday night that will be sent to the state for approval. After working with the state for weeks on the proposal, Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez expressed confidence that King, a hulking symbol of educational inequity on a hill in north Hartford, will finally be renovated after years of broken promises. “When our students come into a building and things are falling apart … they think that that’s all they’re worth,” board member Juan Hernandez said in the elementary school’s auditorium, where spectators sat in broken seats with ripped, faded cushions. The space, frigid on a warm evening, smelled of mildew. Board member Richard Wareing said King represented the “institutional neglect of our schools.” Despite school overhauls and stunning magnet schools in other neighborhoods, the district said the once-grand, Collegiate Gothic building just west of Keney Park has not received a major renovation since it opened in the 1920s, originally as a high school. City school leaders and parents who have seen rodents scurrying inside have decried the facility conditions as deplorable and unsafe for children. More than 300 students attend the pre-K-to-grade-8 school named after the civil rights hero, and will remain in the Ridgefield Street building for at least another year, according to the proposal. Vanessa de la Torre / Hartford Courant If all goes as planned, the new King could reopen by fall 2020. Just months ago, the proposed renovation had seemed all but buried. The state shelved the project last year amid a budget crunch, leaving unanswered questions about the school’s fate. Talks continued behind the scenes. Still, Torres-Rodriguez said she was as surprised as anyone when, in a recent conversation about the renovation of Weaver High School in north Hartford, the state suggested it could cover the vast majority of the King project costs up to 95 percent if Hartford agreed to include a Sheff magnet school, Breakthrough II, inside a revamped King campus. Vanessa de la Torre / Hartford Courant Since then, city school officials have been dashing to submit a revised proposal to the state school construction grants office so it could be included as a priority bonding project in the state budget package, whenever it is passed. The legislature has been deadlocked on the budget that carries high stakes for Hartford as the city tries to avoid bankruptcy. The educational details that the school board approved Tuesday include the big picture: a 800-student campus that would feature a reimagined King Middle School but also include Breakthrough II, an elementary magnet created under the Sheff v. O’Neill desegregation pact. The schools, with 400 students each, would have separate entrances but share common areas such as the cafeteria and media center. Unlike many Greater Hartford magnet schools, Breakthrough II, which would be renamed Breakthrough North, has gone without a gleaming school facility. Located in a former neighborhood school in north Hartford, the magnet has struggled over the years to attract enough white and Asian students from the suburbs to be counted as integrated. The King project would take about three years to finish, including a year of planning. Costs would likely exceed the original $68 million price tag, a state construction official told city residents last month. More broadly, a King middle school would be a key piece of the consolidation puzzle as the city school system facing long-term fiscal uncertainty and dwindling enrollment plans for a future with fewer Hartford schools, Torres-Rodriguez said. The district’s elementary programs currently serve pre-K to eighth grade, a strain on diminishing resources. If King is reconfigured to accept middle-schoolers from seven neighborhood schools in north Hartford and the Asylum Hill area, that could make it is easier to merge certain elementary schools. One of Torres-Rodriguez’s chief concerns is keeping families invested in the Hartford schools. With King, she sees a middle-school pathway, built on educational best practices, that could then take students to the modernized Weaver for high school. The King renovation would maintain the building’s historic architecture. But much of the inside would be demolished, except for the school auditorium. A hope is that the project could spur neighborhood revitalization, too. “This is not only about the school and education,” Jose Colon-Rivas, the district’s chief operating officer, said at a recent meeting. “It goes above and beyond.”

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Statue of Fr. Hesburgh & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. unveiled in South Bend – WNDU-TV

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – South Bend leaders unveiled a statue of Father Theodore Hesburgh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday. The two were photographed in 1964 holding hands in song at a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago. The project is titled “We Shall Overcome.” It was unveiled at Leighton Plaza in downtown South Bend. Watch video of the entire ceremony on Facebook. We had a crew at the march and unveiling, and we’ll have a full report on NewsCenter 16 Wednesday evening. From the City of South Bend: Mayor Pete Buttigieg will join Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, President of the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Virginia Calvin of the African American Community Fund, the Honorable Roland W. Chamblee Jr., who will serve as emcee, monument donors, and guests in unveiling the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Fr. Theodore Hesburgh monument on June 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Leighton Plaza. The monument depicts the famous photograph of Father Hesburgh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holding hands while singing “We Shall Overcome” at a civil rights rally in Chicago in 1964. The monument, a life-size model of the two icons, will be interactive and allow the public to join the open hands of the two men. It will serve as a reminder of the history of civil rights gains and foster the pride South Bend has in its diversity and dedication to social justice. Placed at the entrance of the plaza, the monument, in conjunction with other improvements, will help transform the space into a lively and engaging community gathering place that promotes unity and dialog. Residents are also invited to gather at 10:00 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center (1522 Linden Ave) for a march to the unveiling ceremony at Leighton Plaza. Transpo will provide a free shuttle from downtown to the King Center so those participating in the march can park their vehicles downtown, where they will ultimately return for the unveiling. The Transpo shuttles will depart from Washington Street next to the former Hall of Fame Gridiron at the following times: 9:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m., and 9:50 a.m. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Father Theodore Hesburgh were moral leaders of their time. This monument will serve to commemorate their work and inspire others to emulate their courage. Residents of South Bend can join hands with the two men and remember the sacrifices they made in the name of justice and equality, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said. The monument was designed by internationally renowned local sculptor Tuck Langland and is funded through private donations with many organizations, institutions, and individuals supporting, including: the African American Community Fund, Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, University of Notre Dame, Arthur J. Decio, Dorene & Jerry Hammes (with appreciation to Melanie Chapleau, Personal Assistant), Jerry H. Mowbray, Great Lakes Capital, Visit South Bend Mishawaka, and the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority.

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SCLC and Confederate group clash over lawmaker’s MLK statue decision – Atlanta Journal Constitution

The president of the organization founded in 1957 by Martin Luther King Jr., said he wants the name of state Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) included on a plaque that will accompany a statue of King that will soon be unveiled at the state capitol. That is if Benton believes in justice. But a member of organization charged with keeping the memory of the Confederacy alive says Benton has every right to remove his name from a statue honoring King. He said the lawmaker probably felt betrayed by his colleagues. Earlier this month,Benton asked that his name be omitted completely from the statue after a request was made to everyone who was going to be included on the statue to double check the spelling of their names. I want everybody name who was associated with the statue on the statue. In the spirit of Dr. King we want it, said SCLC President and CEO Charles Steele. If he believes, to any degree, in the upward mobility of what he is supposed to represent, he would want his name on there. But if you dont believe in freedom and justice, we dont want you. That seems to be the question. Benton, who was a prominent member of the House leadership, has seen a spiralling demotion to backbencher status, thanks to the controversial headlines he has been making lately. Last week Benton forwarded an article titled The Absurdity of Slavery as the Cause of the War Between the States, to several members of the House, including House Speaker David Ralston, (R-Blue Ridge.) Last Friday Ralston stripped Benton of his leadershipposition as chairman of the House Committee on Human Relations and Aging. Ralston also bounced Benton off a study committee on civics education in Georgias public schools. Ralston had appointed him to the committee earlier this month. The appointment was controversial, as Benton had spent the past two years making provocative comments about the Civil War, race relations and the Ku Klux Klan. A clay modeling of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue to be placed on the state Capitol lawn in August. Courtesy Georgia Building Authority. Georgia Building Authority Those demotions likely affected Bentons decision, said Grady Vickery, a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans in Dawsonville. Vickery does not personally know Benton, but supports Bentons statement that the Civil War was not started over slavery. He also supports Bentons failed moves to protect Confederate iconography in Georgia. If you start taking down monuments to the Confederates, then before you know it youre going to go after statues of Martin Luther King, Vickery said. How are we going to teach our young people if we dont keep these benchmarks to show them what happened? In an interview with the AJC published in January 2016,Benton said the Klan was not so much a racist thing but a vigilante thing to keep law and order. It made a lot of people straighten up, he said. Im not saying what they did was right. Its just the way things were. Steele said that there is an SCLC chapter in Jefferson and he is ready to mobilize a march. It is not about him. It is about who he represents, Steele said. Can his district allow this kind of mindset to represent them? We need to take a trip down to his district and rally, because right now, it is an insult and belittles the progress that we as Americans have made.

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Unveiling of Hesburgh-MLK sculpture is Wednesday – South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND The unveiling of a new sculpture of the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh and the Rev. Martin Luther King will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Leighton Plaza at 130 S. Main St. in downtown South Bend. The ceremony is free and open to the general public. The sculpture, designed by Granger-based artist Tuck Langland, depicts Hesburgh, the late longtime president of the University of Notre Dame, and King, the slain civil rights leader, joining hands, just as they did at a civil rights rally in Chicago in 1964. The sculpture is based on a famous photo captured of a scene at that rally. The sculpture, slightly larger than life size, was funded by private donations. Local residents also are invited to gather at 10 a.m. that day at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1522 Linden Ave., for a march to the unveiling ceremony. Transpo will provide a free shuttle from downtown to the King Center so those participating in the march may park their vehicles downtown, where they will return for the unveiling. The shuttles will depart from Washington Street next to Gridiron Plaza at 9:30, 9:40 and 9:50 a.m. on the day of the event. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, will attend the unveiling.

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PRESS ROOM: NNPA to Honor Martin Luther King III with 2017 Lifetime Legacy Award at Annual Conference – Black Press USA

CONTACT: Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. Email: dr.bchavis@nnpa.org Phone: (202) 588-8764 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON/June 19, 2017/NNPA Newswire/The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) will honor Martin Luther King, III with the 2017 Lifetime Legacy Award during the groups annual conference this week (June 20-June24) at the Gaylord Convention Center at the National Harbor in Prince Georges County, Md. As the oldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III serves as an ambassador of his parents legacy of nonviolent social change. In 1997, Mr. King was elected as the fourth president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) where he co-sponsored the 40th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington. Following his service with SCLC, Mr. King founded Realizing the Dream, which focused on redressing poverty by strategizing with community organizers to ignite investment in the local neighborhoods and foster peaceful coexistence within the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA, said that the group is especially pleased to present the 2017 Lifetime Legacy Award to Martin Luther King III. For decades, more than anyone else, Martin Luther King III has continued to personify and represent the living legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for freedom, justice and equality, said Chavis. King will accept the Lifetime Legacy Award on Friday evening (June 23). On Tuesday, June 20, the NNPA will kick off the conference with the National Black Parents Town Hall Meeting on Educational Excellence featuring radio personality and community activist DJ EZ Street; Hilary Shelton, the director of the NAACPs Washington Bureau; Dr. Marietta English, the president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators; and Lynn Jennings of Education Trust. The conference will also feature a panel discussion about the documentary Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten; a conversation with NNPA members who operate publications that are more than 100 years old; and a presentation by the Nissan Foundation on 25 years of community service. The NNPA will also name the Publisher of the Year during the Merit Awards on Thursday evening. Dr. Chavis said that support of the NNPAs partners, sponsors and advertisers is critically important and appreciated. NNPA partners include: General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Reynolds America Incorporated, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The conference is sponsored by Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan, Comcast, AT&T, Facebook, Macys, Koch Industries, New York Life, Northrop Grumman, Coca Cola, AARP, Goldman Sacs, and Prince Georges County. Denise Rolark Barnes, the chairwoman of the NNPA, said that this years conference is a celebration of the Black Press. For 190 years, since the first Black newspaper was published on March 16, 1827, Black newspaper publishers have been actively engaged in ending slavery and Jim Crow, fighting against segregation and for civil rights, and galvanizing the electorate that voted for the nations first Black president, said Barnes. Our collective voices, with well over 200 Black-owned media companies across the U.S. and in the Caribbean, are strong, defiant and determined to be heard. Barnes continued: Despite our struggles, we remain relevant and strong within our communities. We welcome those to this conference who support our work, value our impact and share our belief in an inclusive and diverse country. For more information about the conference, please visit www.nnpa-events.com. ABOUT THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION (NNPA) The NNPA is a national trade association of 211 Black and women-owned U.S. media companies with a weekly print and digital readership of over 20.1 million Black Americans. The Black Press of America is 190 years old. The NNPA is known as the Black Press of America and the Voice of Black America, because its member publishers are trusted, respected and embedded in their local communities where they provide significant influence and impact. Learn more about the NNPA.org.

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