Claim: News report shows Martin Luther King Day celebrants holding misspelled signs.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2007]
Fwd: Is this what MLK died for?
Subject: I have a WHAT?
The subject of this e-mail is: I have a WHAT?
The body of the e-mail only says: This was a cell phone camera picture, taken of the TV evening news in Corpus Christi, TX. recently.
Origins: The image displayed above is a television screen shot taken from a news report aired on
This image has also been circulated with text claiming that it originated not with a Martin Luther King Day event but rather with a rally promoting literacy, and the sign-bearers therefore deliberately misspelled the word "DREAM" as "DRAEM" and "DERAM." That explanation is incorrect.
The news director at KIII-TV, Richard Longoria, said of the attention this image has garnered: