Since opening in August 2011, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, in Washington, D.C., has had many visitors. They have read and been inspired by the words of the civil rights leader that are inscribed on the gleaming white statue.
But some critics point out that King didn't say one of the quotes as it is inscribed. His quote was paraphrased, or rewritten, from what King said: "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."
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced an agreement to remove the inscription from the statue. "The memorial stands as a testament to Dr. King's struggle for civil rights, a dream of dignity, respect and justice for all," Salazar said. Work on the sculpture should begin early in 2013. It is scheduled to be completed this spring.
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