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Removal Of Controversial Quote On MLK Memorial Begins Monday

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An inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial that's drawn criticism from several groups is being removed.

Contractors with the National Park Service will start working on Monday to build scaffolding and get equipment in place. Then, on July 29, the sculptor of the memorial, will start carving grooves over the inscription that's drawn so much controversy.

The sentence in question is a paraphrase from King's "Drum Major" speech. It reads, "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness."

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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