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Plaque flak: Folks in Lauderhill, Florida, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, planned a celebration of the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. for Saturday January 19. As part of the event, the townspeople decided to honor the actor James Earl Jones by presenting him with a plaque. Depicting Dr. King and other famous blacks, the plaque was intended to congratulate Jones for his efforts in furthering King’s concerns. Merit Industries of Georgetown, Texas, was engaged by Adpro, a Lauderhill business, to prepare the plaque. But when it arrived, the inscription read: “Thank you James Earl Ray for keeping the dream alive.” Ray, of course, was the man convicted of killing King in Memphis in 1968. A representative of Merit Industries said his company would correct the mistake, but the owner of Adpro declined the offer, preferring to have the damage repaired by local hands.


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