For Whom The Bell Tolls

MY AJC

On the summit of Stone Mountain, yards away from where Ku Klux Klansmen once burned giant crosses, just above and beyond the behemoth carving of three Confederate heroes, state authorities have agreed to erect a monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Specifically, an elevated tower — featuring a replica of the Liberty Bell — would celebrate the single line in the civil rights martyr’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech that makes reference to the 825-foot-tall hunk of granite: “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.”

“It is one of the best-known speeches in U.S. history,” said Bill Stephens, the chief executive officer of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association. “We think it’s a great addition to the historical offerings we have here.”

The “freedom bell” will, in fact, sound from the mountaintop. How often, or when, hasn’t been determined.

Read the rest and realise that this is gloating.

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3 thoughts on “For Whom The Bell Tolls

  1. It does have a gloating undertone, doesn’t it?

    Taken by itself, this MLK monument seems reasonable enough, as it’s not visible from the ground. If that would settle the issue for good, I would have no problem with it.

    Unfortunately, however, the compromise MLK monument does nothing to quell the demands to destroy the Confederate monument. Theoretically, as the new civil rights aspects of the park take hold, it will become easier for the egalitarians to demand the removal of the Confederate aspects of the monument altogether.

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