Dr. King's Nephew: Trump Not Racist in 'Traditional Sense'

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- On Monday, the nation will pause to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Trump was asked by April Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio, as he turned to leave the ceremony honoring the civil rights leader.

"Although Dr. King's voice was silenced a half century ago, today his message still resonates", Ms. Gaber said.

It was first observed in 1986, but was not officially recognized as a paid state holiday in all 50 states until 2000, when SC adopted it as an official state holiday.

New Damascus Baptist Church and Rickards Chapel will have a joint service honoring King at 3 p.m. Sunday at New Damascus Baptist, which is on Damascus Church Road off N.C. 115 in North Wilkesboro. Cake and ice cream will be served after the program. It is also the home of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was baptized as a child, where he gave his first sermon to the congregation at age 19 and where he was ordained as a minister. "He would've liked having the whole community come together".

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While schools, state, city and federal offices are closed Monday, Jan. 15, for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, people should look at it as more than a day off, said Dr. Ricardo Brown, executive director of Living the Dream Inc. that coordinates numerous city's activities. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays like Civil Rights Day, Human Rights Day and Robert E. Lee's birthday. "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".

Confused by the situation, Tucker said she looked for answers from her father, who attempted to explain the Memphis Sanitation Strike in a way that she could understand. She brought the House to its feet and many to tears as she told of the history we are in danger of repeating.

At the time, those in office claimed the main argument against it was that King never held public office, and making a federal holiday based on a private citizen would break tradition. Day is a day on, not a day off.

Attendance at the annual event to celebrate Dr. King's life was perhaps a bit dampened by adverse weather outside.