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Mrs. King with her sons Martin Luther King III (left) and Dexter King (right) in 1976. The corrosive dismemberment of Dr. King's activist legacy since 1968 has many causes. But the heirs to that legacy must bear some of the blame. The King family and their retainers have erected a toll booth and a "no trespassing" sign around Dr. King’s life and work. An American prophet has been converted into that singular American value--For Profit. The Martin Luther King Center has exchanged the goal of social change for spasms of rhetoric and nostalgia. The Center has been reduced to a cluster of seldom open buildings. Scholars of the civil rights movement complain that management refuses access to its hoard of documents. Within the secret, insulated world of the King Center, nepotism has run amuck and dedicated professional staff and volunteers have been treated with such disrespect by the family that there has been a revolving door aspect to the Center's management team for decades.

Mrs. King with her sons Martin Luther King III (left) and Dexter King (right) in 1976. The corrosive dismemberment of Dr. King’s activist legacy since 1968 has many causes. But the heirs to that legacy must bear some of the blame. The King family and their retainers have erected a toll booth and a “no trespassing” sign around Dr. King’s life and work. An American prophet has been converted into that singular American value–For Profit. The Martin Luther King Center has exchanged the goal of social change for spasms of rhetoric and nostalgia. The Center has been reduced to a cluster of seldom open buildings. Scholars of the civil rights movement complain that management refuses access to its hoard of documents. Within the secret, insulated world of the King Center, nepotism has run amuck and dedicated professional staff and volunteers have been treated with such disrespect by the family that there has been a revolving door aspect to the Center’s management team for decades.

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