New York state and local officials may soon vote to decide whether a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue in a city park should be replaced.
Samuel Herbert, an activist and chairman of the Coalition To Save MLK Park, in Buffalo, has gathered more than 6,000 signatures for a petition to erect a new Dr. King statue in the same place. He said the giant bust of Dr. King, which has been a fixture in the park for decades, doesn’t accurately depict the legendary civil rights leader, WIVB, a CBS affiliate, reported.
“We have allowed this distorted image to sit here for 35 years,” Herbert said. “Our beef has never been with the sculptor, but the committee that approved this shameful image of a great American.”
Herbert wants to collect 10,000 signatures and hopes the statue is replaced by 2020, he said.
As for which artist or how much artistic flair should go into the statue’s creation, Herbert has ideas about those things, too.
“I want that gentleman that did the work in Washington D.C. on the National Monument,” Herbert said. “A statue that looks just like Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. No abstract. No symbolism. Enough of symbolism, we want realism.”
Herbert was aware of the potential issues that he may face in pushing for the statue’s removal and replacement. He will have to focus on fundraising after getting his last anticipated signatures. Then, he may have to deal with legal challenges to the statue’s removal. But he said he was prepared for any court battle.
There are more than 25 statues, monuments and memorials to Dr. King across the world. There is no well-known or talked-about statue that depicts MLK’s famous kneeling prayer photo during a civil rights march in Selma, Alabama in 1965 — a powerful image that may become the inspiration behind a future Dr. King monument someday. Perhaps in Buffalo? Only time will tell.
Police Shootings Ignored By Media That Everyone Should Know About
1. O'Shae Terry
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On Saturday, September 1st, Mr. O’Shae Terry was shot and killed by an Arlington Police officer. The shooting occurred during a routine traffic stop for an expired vehicle registration tag.— Arlington, TX NAACP (@ArlingtonNAACP) October 8, 2018
At our next General Body Meeting, we will be receiving an update from Arlington PD. pic.twitter.com/ReZQyA5oVP
2. Botham JeanSource: 2 of 17
3. Deandre BallardSource: 3 of 17
4. Chinedu OkobiSource: 4 of 17
5. Jeffrey Dennis
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This is #JeffreyDennis being recorded by his fiancé (he proposed in July). #Shesaidyes but they won’t be getting married. He was murdered on 8/29 by a plainclothes @PhillyPolice. @JoshShapiroPA has a recording that proves he was unarmed/nonviolent & shot at point blank range. pic.twitter.com/NPCYWQl5GZ— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) October 22, 2018
6. India Kager
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India Kager (9/5/15)--India was shot and killed in the parking lot of a 7-11. Police fired 30 rounds in under 15 secs into her car even though they knew her 4-month-old son was in the back seat. In motherhood Black women's lives are not respected #HDD2018 #SayHerName #TownHall pic.twitter.com/gcgqBR8142— African American Policy Forum (@AAPolicyForum) March 27, 2018
7. India Beaty
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Today on March 19th, we remember India Beaty who was killed by Norfolk, VA police in a parking lot. She was shot five times in the back for reportedly holding a fake gun. #SayHerName #IndiaBeaty pic.twitter.com/T0ZaklqqfZ— African American Policy Forum (@AAPolicyForum) March 19, 2018
8. Meagan HockadaySource: 8 of 17
9. Kisha Michael
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Kisha Michael: killed by Ingelwood police. Say her name. pic.twitter.com/pO0Y4qutiJ— NOlympics LA (@NOlympicsLA) October 1, 2017
10. Mya Hall
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Mya Shawatza Hall, 27, Black, trans, from Fort Meade, MD (killed 03-30-2015) pic.twitter.com/p9IMSZhktn— LGBTQIAP PoC Beauty (@LGBTQIAPoC) September 14, 2015
11. Janisha FonvilleSource: 11 of 17
12. Darell RichardsSource: 12 of 17
13. Diante YarberSource: 13 of 17
14. Antwon RoseSource: 14 of 17
15. Danny Ray Thomas
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Here's a police shooting of an unarmed black man case that few know about. A Texas deputy killed Danny Ray Thomas days after Sacramento cops killed Stephon Clark...https://t.co/LMbaldMzxW pic.twitter.com/jPzcU2ARAx— NewsOne (@newsone) April 22, 2018
16. Markeis McGlockton
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Michael Drejka shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton in Florida. https://t.co/aTVroU2F4B— NewsOne (@newsone) September 3, 2018
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