Tuesday, August 28, 2012

1 year later MLK Memorial inscription still not changed


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[ SOURCE ] A year after the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opened to visitors in Washington, the group behind the monument is still working with the National Park Service to change an inscription quoting the civil rights leader.

Harry Johnson, president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation, told The Associated Press on Tuesday the work will wait until after the height of the summer tourist season. Then the memorial’s sculptor and stone carver will return in September or October to change the words carved in the central “Stone of Hope.”

The inscription is being changed after critics, including the poet Maya Angelou, complained it didn’t accurately reflect King’s words. It reads: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”
The full quotation reads: “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.”

Harry Johnson, president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the work to change the inscription will wait until after the height of the summer tourist season. Then the $120 million memorial’s original sculptor and stone carver will return likely in September or October to change the words carved in the central “Stone of Hope.”

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