Celebrated poet Maya Angelou had qualms with the Washington memorial of Martin Luther King Jr., specifically the exerpt from one of his speeches.
The exerpt was taken from: '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.' But was wittled down to: 'I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.'
Angelou expressed her anger towards the memorial by saying 'The quote makes Dr. Martin Luther King look like an arrogant twit. It makes him seem less than the humanitarian he was. It makes him seem an egotist.'
Angelou served as a consultant for the memorial and is pushing for the quote to be changed. However, Ed Jackson Jr, the chief architect of the statue, defended the quote, saying was originally to appear in its entirety on the south side of the statue. When it was moved to the north side, there wasn't enough room.