Today would have marked the great social activist Martin Luther King Jr.’s 88th birthday. On this MLK Day, to honor the influential minister, President-elect Donald Trump will meet with King’s son, Martin Luther King III.
According to ABC News, this meeting was announced by Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer via Twitter.
Today we observe the birthday of #MartinLutherKing - @realDonaldTrump will meet with Martin Luther King III to discuss his legacy #MLKDAY— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 16, 2017
"He was never going to Washington," Spicer elaborated on Fox News, referring to rumors that Trump was going to observe the holiday by visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C. "I think what he was trying to do was find an appropriate way to celebrate and observe Martin Luther King's birthday. He is going to meet with a group of individuals today, including Martin Luther King III to talk about that legacy and celebrate the birthday of Dr. King."
The President-elect’s inauguration is less than a week away and will take place on Jan. 20. Leading up to the inauguration, racial tensions have run high. The Trump administration hopes this meeting will help to encourage peace between the incoming administration and African-American leaders and their supporters.
To that end, the President-elect tweeted this morning:
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and all of the many wonderful things that he stood for. Honor him for being the great man that he was!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2017
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Publication date: January 16, 2017