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King estate refuses to allow group behind DC memorial to keep using name of civil rights icon

The family of Martin Luther King Jr. has refused to allow the organization that led the effort to build his monument on the National Mall to continue using his name.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation is now called The Memorial Foundation after paying $2.7 million to King's children to use his likeness and quotes for the sculpture.

Tricia Harris, former manager of the organization that ran the Martin Luther King Jr. estate, tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/10RQIqF ) the terms of the relationship between the foundation and King's children were not expected to extend beyond the group building the memorial.

A representative for Martin Luther King III says he will not comment because it is a legal matter and Bernice King was unavailable for comment.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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