National Portrait Gallery, 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
When Bishop E.W. Jackson learned that Margaret Sanger’s bust was sitting in the National Portrait Gallery’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit, he assembled a group of black pastors under the aegis of MINISTERS TAKING A STAND. The group wrote a letter to the head of the museum accusing the founder of Planned Parenthood of supporting eugenics to rid the nation of those she deemed “defective” and “feeble-minded,” by stopping the growth of their populations, particularly blacks and other minorities. The letter also cites the fact that Sanger spoke and was well received at a KKK rally.
Since the letter was published, more than 11,000 people have signed a petition calling for the removal of Sanger’s bust from the NPG, and the calls are increasing and growing louder. Support has come from black leaders such as former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Commission on Human Rights, the Hon. J. Kenneth Blackwell, Dr. Alveda King, Bishop Harry Jackson, Dr. Johnny Hunter, Walter B. Hoye, Rev. Dean Nelson, and Ryan Bomberger. The Family Research Council, Media Research Center, Priests for Life and host of other churches and organizations have signed on as well. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the first Republican Presidential hopeful to support the effort, with Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) have drafted a letter asking their colleagues in Congress to join them.
Jackson called the museum’s initial response “unserious and disrespectful.” “They say they are are simply acknowledging Sanger’s contribution to making contraceptives – and later abortion – available to poor women, not making her a hero. But displaying her bust in a ‘Struggle for Justice’ exhibit alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks is calling her a hero. Sanger was no hero. Her motive was not to help poor women, but to stop them from having children that she didn’t believe were fit to live. She saw them as defective. Therefore, the NPG must remove her bust.”
MINISTERS TAKING A STAND will hold a press conference at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday, August 27 at 10 AM. They will be joined by Brent Bozell, Tony Perkins and many other leaders who have joined the fight to bring down the bust, and educate the American people about Margaret Sanger’s dark legacy and the ideas she propagated.
E.W. Jackson, National President of STAND and MINISTERS TAKING A STAND, is a Marine Corps Veteran, retired attorney, graduate of Harvard Law School, 2013 Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia, a Senior Fellow for the Family Research Council, and Bishop of THE CALLED church.