Fixing the MLK Memorial

by Ryan on January 14, 2012

in Anything Else,Culture,History,Nostalgia,Pop Culture,Religion

After much protest, the Interior Department has decided to fix the newly dedicated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.  The part in question deals with Kings famous “Drum Major” quote, which was merely paraphrased on the statue.  The National Park Service plans on altering the quote to make it historically accurate, and make King sound less like “an arrogant twit” to quote Maya Angelou.

It currently reads:

I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.

It should read something like what King actually said:

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.

What it will finally read is yet to be determined.  Nonetheless, I like seeing our historical figures memorialized with words they actually said;  not the paraphrased words of an artist.

For the record, I still think they should have at least one direct reference to God somewhere on this memorial, which is actually dedicated to a reverend!

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