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ATLANTA (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr.’s children and the pastor of an Atlanta church where he preached decried disparaging remarks President Donald Trump is said to have made about African countries, while protests between Haitian immigrants and Trump supporters broke out near the president’s Florida resort Monday, the official federal holiday honoring King.

At gatherings across the nation, activists, residents and teachers honored the late civil rights leader on what would have been his 89th birthday and ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.

Trump marked his first Martin Luther King Jr. Day as president buffeted by claims that during a meeting with senators on immigration last week, he used a vulgarity to describe African countries and questioned the need to allow more Haitians into the U.S. He also is said to have asked why the country couldn’t have more immigrants from nations like Norway.

In Washington, King’s eldest son, Martin Luther King III, criticized Trump, saying, “When a president insists that our nation needs more citizens from white states like Norway, I don’t even think we need to spend any time even talking about what it says and what it is.”

He added, “We got to find a way to work on this man’s heart.”

In Atlanta, King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, told hundreds of people who packed the pews of the Ebenezer Baptist Church that they “cannot allow the nations of the world to embrace the words that come from our president as a reflection of the true spirit of America.”

“We are one people, one nation, one blood, one destiny. … All of civilization and humanity originated from the soils of Africa,” Bernice King said. “Our collective voice in this hour must always be louder than the one who sometimes does not reflect the legacy of my father.”

Church pastor the Rev. Raphael Warnock also took issue with Trump’s campaign slogan to “Make America Great Again.”

Warnock said he thinks America “is already great … in large measure because of Africa and African people.”

Down the street from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday, Haitian protesters and Trump supporters yelled at each other from opposing corners. Trump was staying at the resort for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Video posted by WPEC-TV showed several hundred pro-Haiti demonstrators yelling from one side of the street Monday while waving Haitian flags. The Haitians and their supporters shouted “Our country is not a shithole,” referring to comments the president reportedly made. Trump has said that is not the language he used.

The smaller pro-Trump contingent waved American flags and campaign posters and yelled “Trump is making America great again.” One man could be seen telling the Haitians to leave the country. Police kept the sides apart.

Trump dedicated his weekly address to the nation, released Monday, to King.

“Dr. King’s dream is our dream, it is the American dream, it’s the promise stitched into the fabric of our nation, etched into the hearts of our people and written into the soul of humankind,” he said in the address, which he tweeted to his followers. “It is the dream of a world where people are judged by who they are, not how they look or where they come from.”

The president’s remarks appeared not to resonate with the Rev. Al Sharpton, who also used the holiday to take aim at the racial rhetoric Trump is said to have used.

“Trump Tower is in the wrong state,” Sharpton told a crowd of 200 at the National Action Network in Harlem. He said it was embarrassing that Trump is from New York. “What we’re going to do about Donald Trump is going to be the spirit of Martin Luther King Day,” he said.

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Associated Press writer Terry Spencer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, contributed to this report.

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9 thoughts on “King Children Celebrate MLK Day; Critique Trump

  1. black devils! look up the files on your boy Martin luther pig JR. Neither a DR or Reverend. 100 percent true. He picked up prostitutes and was a communist. Ohh this is too easy~!

  2. President Trump’s alleged “shit hole” remarks remind us that our nation’s capital city, Washington, DC, still has ONLY TWO freestanding public toilets, including the historic white stucco structure at the North Gate of the White House–and they BOTH close at sunset! And residents of the District of Columbia, like residents of Puerto Rico, have NO voting members in our US Congress, which owns the District. President Trump is, at heart, an OG (Original Gangsta), and he LOVES fast women and fast food like McDonald’s and Burger King. Digital Underground predicted this decades ago in “The Trumpty Dance”: “I look funny, but I’m makin’ money…I’m a new fool in town, so just let me introduce myself, my name is Trumpty, and ladies, oh how I love to funk thee!…I’m a freak! I once got busy in the Burger King bathroom…They say I’m ugly, but that don’t phase me, I’m still gettin’ in the girls’ pants, and I even got my own dance: the Trumpty Dance!” (excerpted from “The Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground)…..Snoop Dogg also foresaw the OG: “With so much drama in the WDC, it’s kinda hard bein’ The Donald T, but somehow, some way, I keep comin’ up with funky-ass Tweets nearly every single day….Got my mind on my money and my money on my mind….” (paraphrased from “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg)
    I’m still “shivering with antici….PATION” (as Dr. Frank N. Furter says) to attend the musical tribute to President Trump by his legions of female fans, including Omarosa, Madonna, Sheila Jackson Lee, Maxine Waters, Elizabeth Warren, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Megyn Kelly, and Rosie O’Donnell…..Highlight of the evening will be a spirited, and No Doubt sincere, rendition of Jean Knight’s immortal classic “Mr. Big Stuff”….”Mr. Big Stuff, who do you think you are? Mr. Big Stuff, you never gonna get my love….”

  3. Oma Tekoa on said:

    Most African-American have not lived in Africa from 1980s onwards. When it comes to governance, the level of corruption is unbelievable, the level of human rights abuse and dehumanising of their own people and other terrible practices they carry out in the name of governance and the practise of “fake democracy” is just insane. They are corrupt and insane or corruptly insane or both when it comes to governance; If Trump called them a shi*hole, they have more than earned it and it was about time someone told them some hard truths. How can you explain a situation where a minister of petroleum embezzles about USD $6 billion and living happily ever after in Europe? What about a president who has been “winning” elections since 1975 until last month when he handed over power to another person but not after appointing his daughter as CEC of the State’s Oil Company, The said daughter is the richest black woman in the world! Yes, far richer than Oprah Winfrey. What about a former president who embezzled USD $16 billion loan given for electrification of his country and the poor citizens are still living without any meaningful power supply. One president, Paul Biya, is busy slaughtering his own people simply because they are asking for their basic rights as anglophone Cameroonians.There are a host of terrible mess going down in those countries, if you can call them that, and nothing is changing. Black folks are being sold as slaves in Libya and other places in Africa, what have these worthless leaders of these countries or the African Union done about it? Now they want to hate on Trump and call him racist, what a bunch of jokers. Even the reference to Norway is not necessarily racist, there are a good number of black folks and the references to Norway may well be to the fact that it is a rich country and not necessarily the fact that it is a white country unless you are saying El-Salvador is a Black Country. If the countries feel back being called names, then their leaders should do better and recall their citizens back home. Ask yourself, why are the citizens of these countries coming over here? It is simple, their countries have failed and continue to fail. If Trump’s words hurt, then let the leaders of those countries do better. How can a country founded since the 1800s be wholly unable to effectively see to the most basic needs of its citizen? 30% of the world’s resources are in Africa but just look at the miserable State of the continent. Thank Trump for telling it like it is. Note, I write as a person who has lived in these countries before returning to Europe and now a U.S. citizen.

  4. Chump has no damn HEART!!!
    HE HAS NO SENSE OF HUMANITY!!!!!

    Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc. all of these presidents volunteered a “day of Service” on MLK day.
    Not this turd, Chump.
    He stayed at his mansion in Florida, playing golf with his RACIST cronies.
    ACTIONS SPEAK SO MUCH LOUDER THAN WORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. F king and his children too. The communist was nothing but a plagiarizing pos who was neither a dr. nor a reverend. This is 100 percent true and can be easily verified. He also loved to pick up white prostitutes . This is the supposed “gold standard” . Blacks are disgusting!

  6. Mac Daddy on said:

    The King children are the last people that should be talking about divisiveness. Them Nickels are clearly out for themselves. Greedy bastards

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