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The King Family vs. the Smithsonian

The Daily Mail:

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will open without any major artifacts from civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

For this, some cast the blame on King’s surviving children – Dexter Scott King, Bernice King, Martin Luther King III – who have a reputation for allegedly being difficult and litigious when it comes to items of memorabilia.

John Miller wrote about this problem for NR a long time ago, although without the intense equivocation. (They don’t have a reputation for being litigious, mind you, just a reputation for allegedly being litigious.) (According to “some.”)


Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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