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Nation to honor King as Obama is inaugurated

Nation to honor King as Obama is inaugurated

The U.S. will honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday _ the same day as it celebrates the inauguration of the first black president to his second term.
A quirk in the calendar pushed President Barack Obama's public swearing-in in Washington onto the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.
At the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington on Monday morning, people took pictures with the statue of King and reading his quotes inscribed along the wall before heading to the National Mall for the inauguration events.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, the King Center was hosting its annual commemorative service featuring the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. The speech marked the first time a Latino leader has served as the keynote speaker for the commemorative service on the King holiday.
Bernice King, the youngest daughter of King, also addressed the crowd. She stressed her father's legacy of peace and nonviolence, describing how he calmed an armed, angry crowd when their home in Alabama was bombed.
Her father stood on the porch and urged the crowd to fight not with guns but with Christian love, an act his daughter called "one of the bravest experiences of gun control that we've ever heard of in the history of our nation."


Updated : 2021-07-30 14:11 GMT+08:00