Objections Raised to Disrespectful MLK Day Ads

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Loved ones of martyred civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. are reacting to an ad that surfaced in recent days using unauthorized images of his likeness to advertise a teen dance party in Michigan over the King holiday weekend.

“Freedom 2 Twerk Martin Luther King Day Weekend Party” reads a flyer from an organization called Mid-Michigan Teen Parties. The ad features a photo of King in a black sweater wearing an oversized gold medallion and appearing to throw a gang sign. A second picture of King is visible in the top left corner. A teenage girl in a letterman’s jacket smiles from the other side of the ad. It advertises a party scheduled for Jan. 18.

In an interview with Fox News in Atlanta, King’s daughter, Dr. Bernice King, a minister who serves as CEO of the King Center in Atlanta, said the family opposes such use of his image.

“I’m sad, really, that its come to the point where there is a generation that has no appreciation and no understanding for what my father stood for.”

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