MLK Memorial quote to include entire passage
A quote inscribed in stone on the new Martin Luther King memorial that some claimed didn't accurately reflect the civil rights leader's words will be changed.
The National Park Service Friday announced that the quote inscribed on the memorial, "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness,” will now include the entire passage.
The original quote reads as follows: "Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter."
Poet Maya Angelou and others said the truncated version made King sound like "an arrogant twit."
"With a monument so powerful and timeless, it is especially important that all aspects of its words, design and meaning stay true to Dr. King's life and legacy," said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
The National Park Service expects that portions of the granite stones that carry the letters of the existing quote will have to be replaced. The work should be completed in time for the celebration of Dr. King's birthday in January 2013.
"My Aunt Christine and I along with other family members want to thank Secretary Salazar and the National Park Service for their considerable efforts regarding the correction of the quote on the Monument in order as the Secretary put it 'to make sure we get it right,'" said Bernice King, Dr. King's youngest daughter. "As promised, the Secretary and the Park Service involved the family and other interested parties and have accomplished just that with the proposed correction by the Secretary."
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