Nightly News   |  January 16, 2012

Nation honors MLK day

Ceremonies, parades and special events honored Martin Luther King Day across the United States Monday. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Across the country today ceremonies, parades, projects honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day . The first family kept to their tradition of making King Day a day of community service, volunteering on a library building project at Brown Education Center in Washington . Crowds gathered at the new Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington , which will be changed now after controversy erupted over the quote etched in stone on the giant monument. The etching reads "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness." But what he actually said was far more modest. It was an answer to a question. He said quote, "If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice, say that I was a drum major for peace, that I was a drum major for righteousness." Up next here