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Maya Angelou blasts Martin Luther King statue

ANGER: Maya Angelou

MAYA ANGELOU has blasted a quote etched into Martin Luther King memorial claiming it makes him sound like an “arrogant twit”.

The famous writer says 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 $120 million monument located on the National Mall in Washington, reads: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”


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“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,” Angelou told the Washinton Post.

The 83-year-old went on to say that the King “would never have said that of himself.”

The statue, that depicts King with his arms folded, was unvelied three days ago (Aug 29) after being delayed by hurricane Irene which hit the east coast of the US last weekend.

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