Paraphrase falls short

King’s words, all of them, to be restored – The Washington Post.

The Post story explains that the inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial will be edited — a difficult job in granite.

If you listen to the entire sermon titled “The Drum Major Instinct,” you hear how insufficient the inscribed paraphrase is to capture the extended metaphor of the sermon. The other problem is point of view: King is saying what he would have others say about him; the inscription makes it sound as though he were saying those  words about himself. It’s all clear if you listen to the sermon.

What other words from the sermon might have been used for the memorial inscription?

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