Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

October 17, 2011 by staff 

Martin Luther King Jr MemorialMartin Luther King Jr Memorial, On 16 October, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial was officially opened in Washington DC Dr. King is the first African American to be honored with a monument on the National Mall (though not the first in Washington DC itself) .

Originally scheduled to be presented on August 28, the opening ceremony was postponed due to Hurricane Irene.

Tens of thousands of people attended the ceremony, including Aretha Franklin and President Barack Obama. The president said that the King “will keep all the time, between the monuments to the father of this nation and those who defended him. A black preacher, without official rank or title, somehow gave voice to our most deep dreams and our enduring ideas. ”

If there was ever a leader who deserved a monument near the Capitol of our nation, Dr. King no doubt that as an example. However, the monument has caused some controversy. On the side of the “Stone of Hope” statue, a citation says: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and justice.”

One would be very difficult to find a person who disagrees with that statement. However, this is not what he actually said the king. The actual quote is derived from a King sermon given at a church in Atlanta in 1968 (shortly before his death), where he preached: “If you say I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Let’s say I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for justice. And all the other shallow things will not matter. ”

Apparently, the meaning of the sentence does not change much, if not for the omission of the use of king of the word “if”. However, as Roy Peter Clark said in a CNN op-ed “in the context, the word” if “makes all the difference.”

King was an example not only of justice and equality, but also humility. This quotation does not reveal the king of the proper light. Taking this quote out of context, does a disservice to the man whom many Americans (and citizens around the world) owe much.

Even if we could agree that the king was without doubt one of the greatest examples of “a drum major for justice, peace and justice”, would never have boldly described that way. In fact, the role of drum major was a king’s followers and supporters attributed to him more than anyone, and the King took care to accept and comply with that duty.

If we are to honor one of the greatest champions of civil rights in this nation ever produced, the onus is on us to do it correctly. The appointment does not have to be changed immediately (especially considering how embarrassing that an action such as for sculptors and dedication was so recent), but the Memorial Foundation should seriously consider a quote from King, who more accurately reflects your attitude and character. It’s the least we can do for a hero of monumental proportions.

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