MLK Memorial Now Runs Into Government Hurdles

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Well, as you may remember us talking about a few times in prior posts, the side against the proposed Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington D.C. have finally gotten their way, convincing the United States Commission of Fine Arts to alter the Lei Yixin plans for the statue. Although the request by the commission states that they’d like “that the sculpture of portray Dr. King as a more sympathetic figure,” if you’ve followed the story at all, you’ll likely remember that the primary reason everyone has been up in arms about the memorial is because Yixin is from China and, in a previous job, also created busts of Mao Zedong, neither of which are very popular right now.