The Mayor wants use the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication as a platform for arguing state rights for the District. What's up with that?
"To make it The issue doesn't make sense, but we're also talking aboutÂ somebody who was a celebrity for his work on equality. We need to be careful about taking every platform to address the issues that are important to us, rather than what's supposed to be honored."
Steve MacInnes, Arlington, woodworker
From left, D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Mayor Vincent are seen during a press conference at the site of the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)
President and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation Harry E. Johnson gestures while giving D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton a tour at the site of the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)
Harry E. Johnson (center), president and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, gives D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton a tour of the memorial Wednesday in anticipation of its dedication at the end of August. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)
Members of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s family — (from left) Christine King Farris, the civil rights leader's sister; Alveda King, his niece; the Rev. Bernice King, his daughter; Martin Luther King III, his son; the younger Mr. King's wife, Arndrea; and their daughter, Yolanda, 2 — pray at the crypt of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, as the nation mark's the 25th federal observance of King's birthday on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Singing "We Shall Overcome" during a service at Ebenezer Baptist Church honoring the 25th federal observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, in Atlanta are (from left) Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; the Rev. Bernice King and Martin Luther King III, two of King's children; Christine King Farris, the late civil rights leader's sister; Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.; and Sen. Johnny Isakson, Georgia Republican. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
First lady Michelle Obama helps paint a colorful cartoon apple in a student lunchroom at the Stuart Hobson Middle School in Washington as she and President Obama observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, by participating in a community service project. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Obama greets volunteers as he and first lady Michelle Obama observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday by participating in a community service project at the Stuart Hobson Middle School in Washington on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. King, a preacher who rose to prominence as a leader of the black civil rights movement, was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton shared a laugh yesterday with Hazel Dukes, president of the New York chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Manhattan at an event honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)