Oct 7, 2011

 
 
 
Well, it looks like the concerns that were expressed by Dr. Maya Angelou about the quote on the MLK Memorial is receiving some official attention.  The Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, who oversees the National Park Services, expressed concern about the controversy.
 
The quote in question says: I was a drum major for justice, peace, and righteousness.
 
Dr. Angelou said that the quote being out of context makes Dr. King sound 'arrogant'. 
 
The actual quote was pulled from a Feb. 4, 1968 sermon King gave at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist church, comes from a lengthy sermon about the evils of self-promotion.

"If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice," King told the Atlanta congregation two months before his assassination. "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."

 

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