by Countable | 1.15.18
Today is Martin Luther King Day. Many people all across the country are celebrating with parades, marches, speeches, service projects and community gatherings.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and FBI Director Christopher Wray attended a wreath laying ceremony at the MLK Memorial in DC. Martin Luther King III also attended with his family, and his daughter, Yolanda Renee, led the assembly in a call and response.
Wray, in his remarks, acknowledged the history of the FBI targeting the civil rights movement.
Vice President Pence was scheduled to attend, but instead opted to visit the memorial with his wife, Karen, on Sunday. President Trump is in Florida for the day and is not scheduled to make any public appearances.
Lawmakers across the country came out to public gatherings to speak on Dr. King’s legacy. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) addressed an MLK Day gathering Monday morning,
Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) came out in the snow to march and address a gathering in Denver. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) attended a memorial breakfast in Boston, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) led a discussion on grassroots organizing and political activism at a local high school, and Senator Kamala Harris is acting as grand marshal for the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles.
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— Asha Sanaker
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