Harry Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial group head, angry at changing quotation

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Photo: Flickr/Marc Smith

WASHINGTON (AP) - An organizer of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is criticizing plans to strip off an inscription from the monument, saying the changes will threaten the design.

The National park Service said Friday it would remove the inscription and replace it with a full quotation from the civil rights leader.

Critics had complained the abbreviated quote included on the memorial didn't accurately reflect King's words.

Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the Martin Luther Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, says in a statement that he's disappointed the King family and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made a "unilateral decision" to change the memorial.

He says the new plan will "threaten the design, structure and integrity" of the monument.

That position was also articulated Friday by the architect for the foundation.