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house Bill H.R. 2880

Should the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site be Expanded and Renamed?

Argument in favor

Expanding the national historic site that honors MLK’s legacy to include the original headquarters of the civil rights organization he co-founded adds value to the park.

Tressa's Opinion
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04/01/2016
For everyone worried about price and costs, don't. This is a great idea. Expanding and renaming hurts no one, costs no more than we're already spending, and is a great honor for a man who deserves it (though I wish more civil right leaders got recognition)
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Lawrence's Opinion
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02/24/2016
Define all and stop wasting money. Fund with private donations
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Monique's Opinion
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05/30/2016
Because the park should be expanded- I wish the name would also honor the many other powerful forces in the civil rights movement such as Malcolm x and the black panthers
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Argument opposed

Rather than incorporating it into the MLK national historic site, perhaps the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s original headquarters should receive their own national recognition.

Loraki's Opinion
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02/26/2016
What the heck for?! We've become a nation of hero-worshippers, instead of GOD-WORSHIPPERS, and Martin Luther King, Jr., himself, wouldn't approve of that! Hero-worshipping is IDOLATRY!
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operaman's Opinion
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02/24/2016
I guess it could be expanded, but not renamed
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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02/24/2016
The headquarters should receive its own recognition.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2880?

This bill would expand and rename a national historic site that honors Martin Luther King, Jr. The Martin Luther King, Junior, National Historic Site located in the state of Georgia would be officially redesignated as the “Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park.”

The current boundaries of the park would be expanded to include the original headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which is a civil rights organization co-founded by Dr. King in 1957. The existing boundary map would be updated to include a version of the expanded park boundary dated June 2015.

Impact

Visitors to the newly renamed and expanded Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park; and the National Park Service.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2880

$0.00
The CBO estimates that this bill would result in no additional spending, because SCLC headquarters is privately owned and maintained.

More Information

In-Depth: This legislation was passed by the House Natural Resources Committee via unanimous consent, and it currently enjoys the support of 77 cosponsors in the House — including 73 Democrats and four Republicans.


Of Note: The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is located in Atlanta, GA and includes Dr. King’s boyhood home, the King Center, a visitor center, and the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. This historic site was originally established in October 1980.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Minnesota Historical Society)

AKA

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act of 2016

Official Title

To redesignate the Martin Luther King, Junior, National Historic Site in the State of Georgia, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      National Parks Subcommittee
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed February 24th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJune 24th, 2015

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    For everyone worried about price and costs, don't. This is a great idea. Expanding and renaming hurts no one, costs no more than we're already spending, and is a great honor for a man who deserves it (though I wish more civil right leaders got recognition)
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    What the heck for?! We've become a nation of hero-worshippers, instead of GOD-WORSHIPPERS, and Martin Luther King, Jr., himself, wouldn't approve of that! Hero-worshipping is IDOLATRY!
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    Should have already happened.
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    Define all and stop wasting money. Fund with private donations
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    Because the park should be expanded- I wish the name would also honor the many other powerful forces in the civil rights movement such as Malcolm x and the black panthers
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    I guess it could be expanded, but not renamed
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    The headquarters should receive its own recognition.
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    Absolutely! We need to reveal the credence to Dr. Kings work.
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    What a great idea!!
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    No cost to the taxpayer, and i have also visited said memorial in Atlanta. It could definitely use the renovation and expansion to truly honor a great individual while also highlighting an organization that has done wonders for the continuing civil rights movement
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    Once America accepts the nation shaping events, we will finally be about to unlock the true potential of the country
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    Expanding it - sure. Renaming it - no way. What civil rights leader deserves it more than MLK?
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    People would be more apt to visit the site if it were a part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial arena. If it didn't fall under that umbrella of a famous name, people would be unsure of visiting, particularly if they had not done much research on the subject. Additionally, at a cost of $0, this could do wonders for education on the subject in this country as well as assisting the furthering of civil rights beyond the idea of figureheads.
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    Assuming the private owners of the building consent to this expansion, MLK's legacy should include the organization he co-founded considering it is within the same premises.
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    Stop celebrating this man. He's a communist,an adulterous homophobic scoundrel. His legacy is bigotry!
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    It's yet another great honor to bestow on a great man.
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    I think it's a great idea. Also, for those concerned about the name, please read things before you vote and comment, across the board! The only part of the name that will change is the designation part - *National Monument* he deserves this, and America needs to be reminded of our tumultuous racist past (and present) especially now.
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    My children and I visited it last summer and I was completely emotionally moved. I think it is beautiful and the artist(s) expressed hope, love, and peace.
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    We have several civil rights leaders that deserve recognition. I support preserving our baby steps toward equitable lives but we have a lot to do. So, yes and do more please.
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    As long as the name still refers to Dr. King
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