Martin Luther King Jr Memorial To Be Changed

Martin Luther King memorial statue

The controversial inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is set to be changed, say reports.

Last year Maya Angelou blasted a quote etched into the $120 million monument claiming it makes the civil rights leader sound like an ‘arrogant twit’.

The famous writer went on to say the inscription, taken from a sermon King gave where he imagined what his own eulogy would say, made the civil rights activist seem ‘egotistical’ because it was taken out of context.

In the speech King gave shortly before his death, he said: “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice.”

However, the 30ft tall statue located on the National Mall in Washington, reads: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”

The amendments will now make the quote to read: “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.”

Shortly after the original memorial was erected, Angelou, told reporters: “He had no arrogance at all. He had a humility that comes from deep inside. The ‘if’ clause that is left out is salient. Leaving it out changes the meaning completely.”

The 83-year-old added that the King ‘would never have said that of himself.’

The changes are expected to be complete by January 2013.