Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Tutankhamun exhibition draws protestors

"A travelling exhibition on King Tutankhamun drew about 50 protesters in Philadelphia who denounced the popular display as racist. Molefi Asante, a professor of African-American studies at Temple University, led the demonstration on Sunday outside the Franklin Institute, claiming the exhibit has no mention of Africa and that it suggests the ancient Egyptian king was white.
Asante, who is also president of the Association of Kemetic Nubian Heritage, specifically pointed to a representation of Tut that 'looks more like Boy George than the boy king'.
A spokesperson for the Franklin Institute said images of Tut vary throughout the museum.
In response to the protest, the museum will hold a symposium this summer at which scholars and experts will discuss forensic evidence relating to King Tut.
Similar protests have been held in other US cities where the exhibit has appeared."

This is the complete bulletin on the news24.com website.

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