Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Changes
Critics say a paraphrase of the leader’s speech on the monument was taken out of context.
If you are traveling to Washington, D.C. this summer, you may notice something different in one of its most popular monuments.
A controversial inscription has been removed from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial statue on the National Mall.
The questionable inscription was a paraphrase from King’s “Drum Major” speech which read “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”
People, among them poet Maya Angelou, argued that the excerpt was taken out of context when it was shortened.
Angelou said it made the Civil Rights leader sound arrogant.
Grooves will be carved over where the letters were placed to match the “striation” marks.
The remedial work is expected to be completed in time for the 50th anniversary commemorations of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech on August 28.
Do you plan on visiting the MLK Memorial this summer?