Claim: News report shows Martin Luther King Day celebrants holding misspelled signs.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2007]
This came with only a subject and a forward subject. Seems like something that could have been photo-shopped.
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
Martin Luther King Day in
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:
It’s obvious two signs were misspelled, bunches of others weren’t. It’s such a shame that the person who put it on the web didn’t put the entire story, which showed members of the Black American community and others in Corpus Christi respectfully honoring the life and memory of an American
hero, Martin Luther King.
Last updated: 16 January 2016