Friday, February 10, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Inscription To Be Changed To Full 'Drum Major Instinct' Quotation

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Inscription To Be Changed To Full 'Drum Major Instinct' Quotation: A truncated inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial that critics say makes the slain civil rights leader sound arrogant will be changed to reflect the full quotation.

In January, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar gave the National Park Service one month to explore options for changing the quotation

Now, according to The Washington Post, there are details about how the change is going to be made:

A spokeswoman for the National Park Service said the correction ... may necessitate shaving off a slice of the memorial a few inches thick, and replacing it with a new slab bearing the full quotation.

The quotation -- "Yes, 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." -- is from "Drum Major Instinct," a speech King delivered two months before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.

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