MLK Memorial Quote to Be Changed

    WASHINGTON (May 26, 2007) -- Third-generation stone carver 46-year-old Nicholas Benson of Newport, R.I., engraves more than a dozen quotations from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. into the memorial that will honor the slain civil rights leader. To commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the creation of a memorial to honor his national and international contributions to world peace through non-violent social change is happening in Washington, DC.  Located in West Potomac Park, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial looks to perform an official dedication on Sunday, August 28, 2011, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's historic I Have A Dream speech.  Photo by Johnny Bivera

    Johnny Bivera

    It’s taken almost half a year, but a controversial quote inscribed at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., will finally be changed. The National Park Service has been given 30 days to come up with a new quote to replace the one on the left side of the memorial, which reads: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” Critics say the quote is taken out of context and makes King seem arrogant. On Feb. 4, 1968, in a speech in Atlanta, King said, “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.”

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