Interior Secretary to Address Controversial MLK Jr. Memorial Quote
Journalists touring the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in August.
Updated at 1:20 PM EST on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011
The U.S. Department of the Interior secretary will address the controversy surrounding a quote carved into the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
Ken Salazar will discuss the issue with the National Parks Service after the memorial's formal dedication Oct. 16.
Author Maya Angelou first brought attention to the issue. The original quote was, "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." On the monument, it’s paraphrased to read “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”
Angelou said it makes Dr. King sound arrogant.
The entire quote didn’t fit on the monument.
Published at 4:53 PM EST on Oct 7, 2011