Smithsonian responds to black pastors demanding removal of Planned Parenthood founder’s bust

Smithsonian responds to black pastors demanding removal of Planned Parenthood founder’s bust

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery has denied the request by a band of black pastors to have the bust of Planned Parenthood’s founder removed from the museum’s “Struggle for Justice exhibit.”

The “Struggle for Justice” exhibit honors “great achievements…striking down long-standing segregationist practices and discrimination in American society,” according to the Smithsonian’s website. Citing Margaret Sanger’s support of eugenics, the 10 pastors with Ministers Taking a Stand — a nonprofit that promotes educational choice, family principles and entrepreneurship — contested that Sanger did not really exemplify that of a “champion of justice,” and thus her bust should be removed from the exhibit.

In a response letter to those pastors, Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said that while Sanger’s “association with the eugenics movement shadowed her achievements in sex education and contraception, making her a figure of controversy,” the museum will “respectfully decline to remove” her bust.

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