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Dr. King, drum major?

Whoops. A quote enscribed on the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C., was condensed and removed from context in a way that changes its meaning.

In a 1968 speech, King said, “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.”

On the memorial, the quote became: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”

All of this was reported today in The Washington Post, which quotes Maya Angelou saying: “The quote makes Dr. Martin Luther King look like an arrogant twit.”

Agreed. A poor edit on the part of the memorial builders.

Photo: Gerritt Lang


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