President Trump Signs Martin Luther King Jr. Day Proclamation

Javier Howell
January 14, 2018

State lawmakers weighed in Pres. Donald Trump's remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries as part of the legislature's Martin Luther King, Jr. remembrance ceremony.

On Monday we celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Several events are planned in connection with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day themes of diversity and empowerment.

Friday's luncheon was the first in a series of programs and events that will take place throughout the weekend and culminate Monday with Blount County's traditional march from the Martin Luther King Community Center in Alcoa to Maryville College.

"The Trump a direct assault on the legacy of Dr. King", said the Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer, where King preached for the last eight years of his life. The president said at the White House that "love was central" to the slain civil rights leader. Special guests include Mamie Nicholson, Lander Trustee Emerita; Lander President Richard Cosentino; and state Sen.

The great civil rights leader honored just this week with President Trump signing a bill, designating the King National Historic Site a National Park, the first National Park to honor an African American.

Also introduced a few days after his death, was the bill to make Martin Luther King's birthday a federal holiday.

The commemoration will begin 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, with a community worship service at Sixth Baptist Church, 400 S. Addison St.

It tells the story and time line of the first interracial banquet in Atlanta that honored Dr. King's as a Noble Peace Prize victor in 1964. "He will always be a person we look up to because he gave his life for that".

"After the terrible assassination of our great leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who I knew from watching the news with my parents was a great man, I remember it was the first time I saw my dad cry", she said.

Bernice King spoke out on Twitter in response to the report.

Fellow Democrats were not happy, but an unrepentant Washington said, "I got a call from the Democrats in Springfield urging me to come there to help them in a struggle for the control of the Senate, but I told them I had something more important to do".

"There's never a time where it's inappropriate to talk about King and who he was and how we can be inspired by him to act in our own current context", she said.

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