Not Fit for a King !

A dustup over the King memorial site raises questions about his family's stewardship of his legacy

Visitors to the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta last week were astonished to find it locked up tight. A sign posted a block away declared that tours of the two-story Queen Anne house had been "suspended until further notice," although park rangers were still conducting sidewalk lectures about the property.

The lockout was the immediate result of a dispute between the Park Service and the King family over a new visitor center being built on the Martin Luther King historic site -- a 23-acre parcel that encompasses the birth home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, King's tomb and the...

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