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King memorial polls: What do you think of the inscription, choice of sculptor?

Nikki Kahn/THE WASHINGTON POST - U.S. Park Ranger Joseph Mohr stands in the shade of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on August 30, 2011. Critics lament the paraphrasing of The Rev. Martin Luther King’s ‘Drum Major’ quote on the memorial, saying it makes him sound arrogant. (Nikki Kahn/THE WASHINGTON POST)

On Friday, The Washington Post op ed page had two additional criticisms of the Monument. This one, by Jamie Stiehm, points out that one of the quotes attributed to King was not original to him, though he was fond of quoting it.

Finally, this op-ed by Rachel Manteuffel pointed out that one of the quotes on the monument was so carelessly truncated that it gave the wrong impression of what King meant. And now Maya Angelou has said the inscription makes him look “arrogant.”

More: Gene Weingarten Q&A transcript from Aug. 29

Gene Weingarten is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writes "Below the Beltway," a weekly humor column that is nationally syndicated.


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