Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

President Trump Honors the Legacy of Dr. King

President Trump Honors the Legacy of Dr. King

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s nephew said Friday that he did not think that President Donald Trump was "a racist in the traditional sense" - but was more "racially ignorant or racially uninformed".

"I always thought this park was named Dr. Martin Luther King until one day someone told me, 'Meet me at Mellis Park.' I said, 'Where's Mellis?'" Jones said.

The celebration, beginning at 7 p.m., will include music, singing, guest speakers and refreshments.

King deserves the special day to honor him, but the best way to keep his dreams and hopes alive for 365 days each year is to read his books, speeches and sermons, and to read about and model his activism.

National forests in 2018 offer six fee-free days: Monday (Martin Luther King Day), Feb. 19 (Presidents Day), June 19 (National Get Outdoors Day), Sept. 22 (National Public Lands Day) and November 11 and 12 (Veterans Day). Cake and ice cream will be served after the program. "He would've liked having the whole community come together".

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They also may cause trouble at home, as hard negotiations to avoid a government shutdown could become even trickier. He called King a "great American hero". "Our bipartisan group continues to build support for the only deal in town".

Students and faculty march in honor of Dr. King in 1980s. The breakfast is open to the public, and is hosted by Auburn University's Office of Inclusion and Diversity, the Office of University Outreach and the East Alabama Chapter of the National Forum for Black Administrators.

Youth Action Project also will recognize the life of local civil rights activist Frances Grice, who died December 31 at the age of 84. "If you listen to just the language of what's going on around you, there's so much discord, there's so much anger and so much division". He also noted King's courage to stand up for the "self-evident truth Americans hold so dear" that all people are "created equal by God". On that day, and every day, we should all be an advocate for people who face injustices in their lives.

"It's a good chance for people to recommit to Dr. Martin Luther King's life, his dream and his sacrifice", Robinson said.

Carson said he vividly remembers the day King was killed and said the death was far from silencing.

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