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.
Up Close at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial
After years in the making, people can finally get an up-close look at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.