Just in time for the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, the U.S. Interior Department announced that it will change one of the inscriptions on the memorial that supposedly bears the late activist's words.
On Friday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the inscription will change. The inscription, in which King flatters himself, is something he never said, the record shows, but instead paraphrases a long line from one of his speeches. The words make King appear to have been a conceited man full of himself.
Professional black activists and writers are particularly upset with the massive effigy of King on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and not just because of the inscription. The choice of a Communist Chinese sculptor to fashion the 30-foot-tall statue also troubled them, as does King's scowling visage.
Sitting on four acres on the Mall, the memorial features 10 words that upset black activists: "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness." According to the Washington Post, Salazar “ordered a correction to a badly mangled quotation from Martin Luther King Jr. inscribed in granite on the Tidal Basin memorial to the slain civil rights leader.
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