It is great to see we continue to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., even 83 years after his birth and decades since his death. This year his MLK memorial in Washington D.C. will receive a make-over due to complaints led by author and poet Maya Angelou.
Changes to the granite stone on his memorial statue were approved this week. It will be adjusted because many argued that the quote currently on the plaque, “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness”, makes him sound arrogant and that his true message was taken out of context . They are still deciding what to replace it with, so it may take about three months to update.
In hearing this quote again, I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. Mr. King was a passionate, confident man with strong beliefs and that’s all it means to me. He opened the door for many fighting for equality and his words continue to inspire, so what’s wrong with a bit of arrogance anyway?
As long as he is remembered for many more years to come, that should be enough. With the speed human communication is changing, who knows how it will be interpreted down the road. Texting is changing the way words are written and shared anyway.
Let’s focus on his overall message on this day of rememberance…it is what’s most important. Without his dreams, inspirational words and how he touched our lives, we would probably see more intolerance and discrimination even in 2012.
It’s amazing that so many companies still do not embrace this as an official holiday…wonder if that will ever change. Now that would be worth debate.
What do you think?
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