In Atlanta held a memorial ceremony with the participation of civil activists and politicians
On Monday, hundreds of people gathered at the Church of Martin Luther king Jr. in Atlanta on the occasion of day of memory of the slain leader of the civil rights movement.
Commemorative events in honor of Nobel peace prize winner, who on Sunday would have turned 88 years, against the backdrop of the recent controversial statements of President-elect Donald trump about another fighter for civil rights – the Congressman-Democrat John Lewis, who in 1965 together with the king participated in the protest March in Selma, Alabama, and was beaten by the police.
Political statements are often heard during the service in the Baptist Church, where king preached, who died in 1968 at the age of 39 years.
Trump at the weekend wrote on Twitter that the County of Lewis, located in the heart of Atlanta “is in terrible condition and falling apart (not to mention the dominance of crime)”.
“All talk – no action and results. Sad!” – trump wrote after Lewis promised to boycott his inauguration. On Friday, the Congressman said in the broadcast channel NBC: “I don’t consider the elected President a legitimate President”. He also said he believes the real intervention of Russia in the presidential election.
Trump won the election, receiving less votes among African Americans and Hispanics than any President in the last 40 years: according to the survey, in these segments of the electorate voted for by only 8% and 28% of the vote respectively.
Among the speakers at today’s ceremony in Atlanta – the Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders running for President and often critical of trump, and the youngest daughter of Martin Luther king – Bernice king.
Keynote speaker – Catholic priest and activist from Chicago Michael Pfleger.
On the day Martin Luther king, which is a Federal holiday, it is customary to take socially useful work. Last year on this day, the family of President Obama was packing books for the students.