Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial quote will be changed
WASHINGTON (AP) - A quote inscribed in stone on the new Martin Luther King memorial will likely be changed after complaints it didn't accurately reflect the civil rights leader's words.
The Washington Post first reported the news Friday.
The King memorial opened to the public in August, but a controversy arose over words inscribed on the memorial: "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness."
The phrase is modified from a speech King gave shortly before his 1968 assassination.
In the original, King starts by saying, "Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice," then adds similar language about peace and righteousness.
Poet Maya Angelou said the truncated version made King sound like "an arrogant twit."