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Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 08/29/2011

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)
In case you missed it, there was some interesting controversy last week about the new Martin Luther King memorial on the National Mall. The first set of questions arose over the fact that the sculptor was a Chinese national, Lei Yixin, who has sculpted several statues of Mao. Lei is an accomplished artist, but some felt that an American should have been chosen – ideally, an African American. Most of the committee that chose Lei were African Americans who say they simply chose the most qualified candidate.

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

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