On what would have been his 89th birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s descendants honored the legacy he left behind and encouraged others to do the same, specifically Donald Trump, who recently made headlines for his disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations.
Speaking to hundreds gathered at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, the Rev. Bernice King, one of Dr. King's daughters, called for unity and action, The New York Times reports.
"Our collective voice in this hour must always be louder than the one who may speak sometimes representing these United States, whose words sometimes do not reflect the legacy of my father," she said.
"We 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," she said later.
Martin Luther King III, one of Dr. King's sons, spoke in a similar vein as his sister while speaking in Washington on Monday.
"Now the problem is that you have a president who says things but has the power to execute and create racism," he said. "That's a dangerous power and a dangerous position, and we can cannot tolerate that. We've got to find a way to work on this man's heart."
Of course, not every member of the King family was in agreement when it comes to Trumps recent comments. On Saturday, Dr. King's niece Dr. Alveda King defended the president, saying during a visit to Fox and Friends, "President Trump is not racist." When asked about Dr. Alveda King's defense of Trump, Martin Luther King III explained, "No family is monolithic."
MLK Day wasn't just about Martin Luther King Jr.; Bernice King called for the public to remember the work of her mother, Coretta Scott King, as well.
"As you honor my father today, please remember and honor my mother, as well. She was the architect of the King Legacy and founder of @TheKingCenter, which she founded two months after Daddy died," she wrote. "Without #CorettaScottKing, there would be no #MLKDay."
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