Controversy Over King Memorial Inscription Isn’t the First

Poet and author Maya Angelou’s criticism of one of the inscriptions on the Martin Luther King Memorial isn’t the first flap over a national monument. King’s neighbors on the National Mall — the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials and the monument to Franklin Delano Roosevelt — have all been subject to their own controversies.

Earlier this week, Angelou took aim at the inscription on the side of the towering figure of King which reads, “I was a drum major for justice, peace, and righteousness.” The inscription paraphrases King’s famous comments delivered at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1968, two months before he was killed.

What he actually said was, “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.”

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