That quote was shortened to “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness,” and placed at the base of the 30-foot likeness of King. In an interview with the Washington Post, Angelou claimed the abbreviated quote made King look like “an arrogant twit.” For her, it all boiled down to the omission of the word, “if.”
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