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Controversial King Quote to Be Removed from Memorial

Paraphrased, truncated speech made him sound arrogant

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The government has decided to remove a controversial inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial rather than replace it, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday.

Fearing for the structural integrity of the three-story-tall memorial, officials plan to erase the paraphrase of a quotation from King's famous "drum major" speech that appears on the memorial.