From Lisa Falkenberg at the Houston Chronicle:
Rumors that the MLK billboard had been vandalized are false, Kamau-Imani told me. He said that after he and his supporters noticed the ad missing, they speculated that perhaps the reason was vandalism. He said some of those speculations were prematurely shared over Twitter and that he himself had suggested the possibility of vandalism on his Facebook page. But he didn’t learn the real story until Monday.
Kamau-Imani said SignAd was skittish about the MLK message from the beginning, and included a clause in the contract that it could be removed at any time.
“We knew the risk we were taking,” he said. “Houston, especially the African American community, they’ve never seen anything like this.”
He’s probably correct on that point. From what I’ve read, most people think of MLK as being nonpartisan. Both Democrats and Republicans strive to meet his dream, with greater or lesser success. When Obama accepted his nomination on the anniversary of King’s speech, that was an obvious success. When Sean Hannity wants everyone to be judged by the content of his/her character, that’s mostly a fail.
Kamau-Imani promises more actions in the future. We’ll see if they are more successful than this one.