MLK Jr. Statue Made in China Sparks Debate

There are many things we've come to expect to have the omnipresent "Made in China" label. A pair of shoes or clothing, but hardly a statue of civil rights icon, Martin Luther King, Jr. As construction progresses on a memorial for Dr. King in Washington D.C., artists and civil rights leaders are asking why a statue for the slain leader was made by an artist in China, reports GoUpstate.com...
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 06, 2010
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There are many things we’ve come to expect to have the omnipresent “Made in China” label. A pair of shoes or clothing, but hardly a statue of civil rights icon, Martin Luther King, Jr. As construction progresses on a memorial for Dr. King in Washington D.C., artists and civil rights leaders are asking why a statue for the slain leader was made by an artist in China, reports GoUpstate.com. They’re asking members of the National Memorial Foundation (which is responsible for the project) to consider using an African-American artist to create another statue and get rid of the current one. “There are so many African-American artists who could have done the statue,” said Spartanburg, South Carolina City Councilwoman Linda Dogan. “I think it is absolutely justified to get American artists.”

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