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In Dr. King's Words


In 2011, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial opened to the public. On one side of the statue is a direct quote from King; on the other side is a paraphrased quote. Since the monument opened, people have spoken up against the decision to paraphrase King’s words, noting that the paraphrase significantly changes the meaning.

Examine four quotes that have been attributed to Dr. King (including the quote on the statue). Were these words first spoken by King? Select “yes” or “no.”