Friday, November 13, 2015

Milwaukee's Martin Luther King Statue

Spent some time at Milwaukee's Martin Luther King statue this week and what I found interesting is that he's standing on a foundation of books.

In the middle of the front of the statue is the Bible, flanked by Plato's Republic, St. Augustine's Confessions and Aristotle's Ethics.

On one side is Carl Jong, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Ralph Waldo Emerson's Journals, The US Constitution, Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence.

The back has Booker T. Washington's Up From Slavery, Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha, Henry David Thoreau's On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, Reinhold Niebuhr's Moral Man and Immoral Society, Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations.

The other side has titles that include, Martin Luther's Bible, Nat Turner's The Original Confessions, Ida B. Wells Autobiography, W.E.B. Du Bois's The Ways of White Folks, Immanuel Kant, John Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, and Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

I wondered as I looked at the statue if these books would have been the one's Dr. King would have chosen for the memorial and how many people who've traveled MLK Drive have taken the time to look at the

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