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Discord of MLK's final resting place

Monday was a day of remembrance and prayer as people across the nation honored Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Meanwhile, there is discord among the ranks of the King family over the fate of his final resting place in Atlanta.

Memphis watches as the King Center board ponders a plan to sell the landmark to the government to build an Atlanta civil rights museum. King's former aid, Andrew Young, says the sale would help pay for upkeep. Kings children are split over the plan. "I think it's very important for people to begin to realize the importance of keeping the King Center as an independent vehicle of sorts," said King's daughter, Bernice.

The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. They are taking a neutral stance in the debate. "We sympathize with the family members who are split because it's a very painful decision to make and it's a very painful undertaking to have to go through not just as a family, but as an institution," explained Gwen Harmon of the National Civil Rights Museum.

Members of the King family have concerns a civil rights museum owned by the government would filter down King's message. The National Civil Rights Museum is open to all outcomes. "No one can take our place. We can only stand to grow stronger with a network of museums that have the same mission as we have," Harmon said.

King's widow, Coretta Scott King, founded the center. A recent stroke left her unable to voice her opinion.

Either way, the civil rights world is devoted to keeping King's vision alive. He spoke of that vision on April 3, 1968, the night before his assassination. "And I've seen the promised land. I might not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land!"

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