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Oval Office rug has quote misattributed

The new beige rug, which is a part of the US President Barack Obama's office makeover, has quotations of world's famous personalities woven over it. The problem is, one of them is not of the author's, according to a report on Washington Post website.

world Updated: Sep 05, 2010 17:17 IST

The new rug in the US President's Oval office seem to have a problem of sorts.

The new beige rug, which is a part of the US President's office makeover, has quotations of world's famous personalities woven over it. The problem is, one of them is not of the author's, says Washington Post.

One of the quotation is by the 20th century human rights activist, Dr Martin Luther King, who during his speeches often used --.'The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,'

The problem is, the quote is not King's but of Theodore Parker, the lyrically gifted abolitionist, Unitarian minister and Transcendentalist thinker who foresaw the end of slavery, though he did not live to see emancipation. He died at age 49 in 1860, on the eve of the Civil War.

A century later, during the civil rights movement, King, an admirer of Parker, quoted the Bostonian's lofty prophecy during marches and speeches. Often he'd ask in a refrain, "How long? Not long." He would finish in a flourish: "Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

King has made no secret of the author of this idea. As a Baptist preacher on the front lines of racial justice, he regarded Parker, a religious leader, as a kindred spirit.

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