Maya Angelou Slams Martin Luther King Memorial

Author and poet Maya Angelou says the Martin Luther King memorial makes him appear arrogant and not something that stood for justice or righteousness.

Angelou reminded everyone that on February 4, 1968, two months before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a haunting sermon at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church about a eulogy that might be given in the event of his death.

“If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice,” King told the congregation. “Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”

Angelou, 83, is an American author and poet who has been called “America’s most visible black female autobiographer” by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. Maya is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (1969), tells of her first seventeen years.