The quotation inscribed on the Martin Luther
King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. is going be
changed following months of complaints that the statement was
edited out of its original context, a spokesman said Friday.
The quotation on the memorial, which opened in
August in a park near the National Mall in Washington, reads: "I
was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness."
But many advocates have complained since then
that the quotation makes King appear self-righteous or arrogant.
What Martin Luther King Jr. actually said
Atlanta on Feb. 4, 1968, was this:
"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."