An error has been etched in marble on the grand Martin Luther King Jr. memorial that was to be dedicated Sunday…“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice”…[But] King is not the source of that quote…Theodore Parker, a long-gone Bostonian abolitionist and Unitarian minister, is the true author.
The next error:
Someone, somewhere along the line, made a decision that makes King look like something he was not: an arrogant jerk.“I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” That’s what it says on the right side of King’s enormous monument…[But this] is not what Martin Luther King Jr. said. King’s full quote: “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. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”
Martin Luther King was one of the most eloquent Americans of all time; it would surely be possible to find inspiring remarks to put on his monument that he actually, well, said.