King Family Getting Involved In Memphis Museum Dispute

MEMPHIS (AP) -- Martin Luther King III is joining critics who argue that the governing board of the National Civil Rights Museum, on the site of his father's death, is too closely tied to big business.

King is scheduled to take part in a rally staged by museum critics on December 8th in Memphis.

The Memphis museum is built around the old Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot by an assassin in 1968.

The museum is run by the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Foundation, a private group. Critics say the museum should come under more direct public management.

The December rally was announced by D'Army Bailey, a Memphis judge and leader of a citizens' group called the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Community Oversight Committee.

The group says the museum board should be at least two-thirds black, while its membership is now 50 percent white, and too many of its members represent corporate America.

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