WASHINGTON D.C. (WAOK)-The controversial inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial has been removed. The process took about four days of sandblasting and cost nearly 800 thousand dollars. Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin, said through an interpreter that the honor of the statue was not damaged. Yixin plans to carve grooves over the paraphrased quote “I was a drum major for justice, peace, and righteousness.”
Critics argued that the quote made Dr. King sound arrogant. Yixin says Dr. King is a “world-class hero” and he is honored to have created the statue. Organizers of the 50th anniversary celebration of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech on Washington wanted the inscription controversy fixed by August 28th.