Hundreds of Yakima community members gathered Monday afternoon to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Iowa City will continue to host events in honor of Dr. King throughout the rest of the week. "I feel like we're helping him out at this point", Jones said.
The commemorations kicked off last week but on Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr.
But if the civil rights leader were still alive today, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said, he would be speaking out against another topic dividing the country: the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Whatever you're trying to accomplish, Dr. King would say that it needs a blueprint, that will determine where you're going. "I believe we celebrate a sort of sanitized Martin Luther King", Lewis said.
"It is nice to know that everyone is welcome, no matter what race or religion or whatever they come from, because we can unite with food and maintain that community and relationship", she said.
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s passion for equality united the country and ignited one of the most impactful movements in American history.
King's legacy will forever be remembered and will forever live on.
The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. After starting at the 16th Street Baptist Church, Dr. King and Abernathy were soon arrested and placed in solitary confinement, which is when King penned his famous text, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail".
When King was assassinated in 1968, Rep. John Conyers of MI introduced the first legislation to make a federal holiday in his honor - gaining nationwide support in the 1970s before it was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. MLK day is a day many find themselves off from work or school.