Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Controversy

11:00 - 16 January, 2012
Courtesy of Flickr CC License / peru lili eta marije
Courtesy of Flickr CC License / peru lili eta marije

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently gave the National Park Service 30 days to revise a truncated and controversial quote inscribed on the newly built Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The inscription, paraphrased by architect Ed Jackson Jr. and artist Lei Yixin, turns a speech about humility into a quote that makes MLK look like, in the words of Maya Angelou, an “arrogant twit.” Thankfully this will be corrected, but it remains unclear to me how the design team will satisfyingly right this wrong.