Friday, October 14, 2005
(AP) CHICAGO A McDonald's in Chicago's downtown Loop is offering a side of history with its burgers. Entrepreneur and activist Cirilo McSween has redecorated the second floor of his restaurant in a civil rights theme, featuring memorabilia from his personal collection. A mural interspersed with framed photographs runs along the perimeter of the room, highlighting key events and dates in the life of The Reverend Martin Luther King Junior. One of the cases along the wall holds a copy of the Life Magazine that came out eight days after King's assassination in 1968. McSween says he wanted the room to show things that affect the real lives of people.Dear McDonalds:
I understand that Mr. McSween is a noted civil rights advocate, and it's all fine and dandy that you'll be covering the walls of a Loop McD's with images of civil rights heroes. But we'd love to see your corporation put those sentiments into action by changing your in-house policies so incidents like this - where a teenaged African-American girl was arrested, handcuffed and removed from one of your Hyde Park restaurants this spring, just for sitting in the "wrong section" - don't happen again. Until then, can it with the Kum-ba-yah.