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Controversial MLK inscription set to be removed, not replaced

AmNews Staff Reports | 12/14/2012, 4:31 p.m.
Controversial MLK inscription set to be removed, not replaced

"I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness," reads one inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. However, the quote has drawn criticism for not being a direct quote and instead being a paraphrase of King's words.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced a plan Tuesday to delete the quote all together from the memorial.

"removing the quote by carving striations over the lettering to match the existing scratch marks on the sculpture that represent the tearing of the "Stone of Hope" from the "Mountain of Despair.'" Stated a press release from the U.S. department of the interior. The decision to delete the inscription, rather than changing it as was originally proposed, was made following a recommendation by the monument's sculptor Master Lei Yixin.

Before deleting the inscription the plan must first be approved by the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission. It will be submitted in for their review and a final decision will be made following.