[FONT=arial]WASHINGTON — An inscription on the memorial honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that set off a controversy will be removed.
Since the memorial opened in August 2011, critics have contended that the paraphrased quote — “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness” — chiseled on the monument near the statue’s left shoulder misrepresents Dr. King’s words.
The estimated cost of the project is $700,000 to $900,000, said Blake Androff, an Interior Department spokesman. That money will come out of a maintenance fund established by the Memorial Foundation, he said.
[/FONT][FONT=georgia][FONT=arial]The quote is a paraphrased segment of a sermon Dr. King delivered in February 1968. Examining what he called the “drum major instinct” to distinguish oneself, Dr. King asked that he be remembered for his commitment not to “shallow things” but to certain principles.
[FONT=georgia][FONT=arial]“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,” he said.[/FONT][/FONT]