Interesting facts about the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
1. Congress authorized the memorial in 1996. A competition was held for the design - more than 900 entrants sent in designs. Ceremonial groundbreaking took place in 2006 with construction starting in 2010.
But there was no room to make the switch of the two quotes. Famed poet Maya Angelou said the paraphrase made King appear as an “arrogant twit", saying it, "minimizes the man", reported the Washington Post in August 2011. Angelou noted King was anything but arrogant.
|This photo was taken a few months before the controversial phrase was permanently removed.|
|This photo shows all elements (except the wall which you can see one small part of off to the right) in one photo|