WASHINGTON — 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.
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The King memorial opened in August with the quote: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”
The phrase is modified from a speech King began by saying, “Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice … ”
Poet Maya Angelou said the truncated version made King sound like “an arrogant twit.”
The Washington Post reported Friday that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar set a deadline in 30 days for the National Park Service to consult with interested parties and make a change.
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