On Monday, the country celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King. The civil rights leader was actually born Jan. 15.
Our plan is to take the long weekend off. But if big news breaks, we’ll jump back into the blog. Also, you might see a post or two from the NPR.org weekend crew.
So to those who get the day off, enjoy! We’ll see everyone on Tuesday.
We’ll leave you with a bit of news: Remember back in August, we told that a paraphrased quote on the King memorial in Washington, D.C. had caused some controversy?
We’ll, today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar ordered that the quote be changed, The Washington Post reported.
“I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness,” the inscription reads now.
Essentially, the quote is about how King would have liked to be remembered, but the paraphrased version, said some critics including Maya Angelou, made King seem like an “arrogant twit.”
King delivered the original quote during a sermon and it read like this:
“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. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. (Amen) And that’s all I want to say.”
The Post reports that Salazar agrees with the critics:
“‘This is important because Dr. King and his presence on the Mall is a forever presence for the United States of America, and we have to make sure that we get it right,’ Salazar told The Washington Post’s Rachel Manteuffel, whose opinion piece last summer first drew attention to the inartful truncation and sparked demands that it should be changed.
“Edward Jackson Jr., the memorial’s lead architect, said the foundation responsible for building it has already come up with a proposal for alternative wording that expands the excerpt. But he said it’s impossible to carve the quotation in its entirety in the yard-thick granite without destroying the entire monument.”