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Work to remove quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial continues

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Work continues to remove a controversial, paraphrased quote from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

The inscription is a paraphrase from King's "Drum Major" speech.It reads, "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness." Some say the way the quote was edited makes the civil rights leader sound arrogant.

The sculptor of the memorial, Lei Yixin, will carve grooves over the lettering to match existing marks in the sculpture.

Critics, including the poet Maya Angelou, have argued that the quotation was taken out of context and makes King sound arrogant.

The park service says the quotation will be removed in time for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Aug. 28.

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  • …out of retirement to work on the MLK Memorial Project, joined us to ……02, 2012 1:03 PM EDT Quote on MLK Memorial to be removed ……AM EDT Maya Angelou Says Quote in MLK Memorial Out Of Context …

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  • The National Park Service will start work today to remove a quote from the Martin Luther King Junior Memorial. The "drum major" quote will be taken off and not replaced. Some people said it is misleading because …

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    Last Modified: Oct 23, 2012 5:51 AM EST
  • …to be inscribed in the memorial. "While our family would have of course preferred to have the entire `Drum Major' quote used, we fully endorse and support the secretary's proposal," she said. The group that built the memorial said it …

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