King Day Highlights Transition From Obama to Trump - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

King Day Highlights Transition From Obama to Trump

Posted: Updated:
James R. Johnson hands out programs before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Branden Camp) James R. Johnson hands out programs before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

ATLANTA (AP)- As Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders and activists are trying to reconcile the transition from the nation's first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most non-white voters.
    
King's daughter on Monday encouraged Americans to fight for the slain civil rights leader's vision of love and justice "no matter who is in the White House."
    
In Atlanta, Bernice King addressed more than 2,000 people gathered at her father's Ebenezer Baptist Church four days before Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. She spoke hours before her brother, Martin Luther King III, is scheduled to meet with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York.
    
Trump won fewer than 1 out of 10 black voters in November after a campaign of racially charged rhetoric, and tensions have flared anew with his recent criticism of civil rights icon John Lewis, whom the president-elect called "all talk" and "no action."
    
Bernice King avoided a detailed critique of Trump, but said the nation still has a choice between "chaos and community," as her father once said.
    
"At the end of the day, the Donald Trumps come and go," Bernice King said. But, she added "we still have to find a way to create" what her father called "the beloved community."
    
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a failed presidential candidate, brought the Ebenezer assembly to its feet with his reminder that the slain civil rights leader was not just an advocate for racial equality, but a radical proponent for economic justice - a mission that put him at odds with the political establishment.
    
"If you think governors and senators and mayors were standing up and saying what a great man Dr. King was, read history, because you are sorely mistaken," Sanders roared from the Ebenezer dais.
    
Sanders, who struggled to attract black voters in his Democratic primary fight with Hillary Clinton, recalled King opposing the Vietnam War as exploiting the poor. He also noted King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, where he'd gone to rally striking sanitation workers, white and black.
    
Truly honoring King, Sanders said, means bringing that "spirit and courage into the arena in 2017."
    
The Rev. Raphael Warnock, Ebenezer's senior pastor, didn't call Trump by name, but blasted the president-elect for his treatment of Lewis, now a Georgia congressman whose Atlanta-based congressional district includes Ebenezer.
    
Lewis angered Trump when he told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he views Trump as an "illegitimate president" because of alleged Russian interference in the campaign. Trump retorted Saturday on Twitter that Lewis is "all talk" and said his district is "falling apart" and "crime infested."
    
"Anybody who suggests that John Lewis is all talk and no action needs a lesson in American history," Warnock said. As a young man, Lewis was arrested many times and beaten by authorities as he demonstrated for civil and voting rights for black Americans. Warnock called him "the hero of Bloody Sunday and the conscience of the Congress."
    
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed piled on, quoting Trump when he was in Lewis's district a decade ago to open a Trump Tower project that would later fail. Trump, recalled the mayor, said Atlanta, at least then, was doing "a great job" and he was "glad to be here."
    
"I don't know what changed," Reed said mockingly before praising Lewis as a personal hero.
    
Lewis was in Miami at King Day events.
    
Warnock, meanwhile, praised outgoing President Barack Obama as a model for the office. "Thank you, Barack Obama. I'm sad to see you leave," he said. But, he said, Trump's inauguration will mean "one less brother experiences racial profiling."
    
Some Republicans have defended Trump's criticism of Lewis, arguing it is inappropriate for a congressman to question an incoming president's legitimacy.
    
Clara Smith, an Atlanta resident who came Monday to Ebenezer, scoffed at any GOP indignation, remembering that Trump for years questioned whether President Barack Obama was a "natural-born citizen," as required by the Constitution to serve as president.
    
"He carried on with that knowing full well what he was doing" to the nation's first black president, Smith said.
    
Smith, 66, recalled joining sit-ins and lunch counters of segregated restaurants in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. She said she tries to "ignore" Trump and "his foolishness with the Twitter," but "with everything that's happening around us" she said "we have to pass along that history."
    
Susan Minsk, 48, came to Ebenezer with her 17-year-old daughter Sophie from Sandy Springs, a Republican-leaning suburb just outside of Atlanta and Lewis's district. As the white mother and daughter waited outside, unsure if they'd be able to get in, Sophie said she worries that Trump's rhetoric will make social tensions worse.
    
"He just burns so many bridges," she said. "Why make everyone feel more segregated than they do already?"
    

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • No Winning Powerball Ticket on Delmarva, but Smaller Prizes Prevail

    Powerball Jackpot Prize Up To $700 Million Dollars

    08/23/2017 22:49:00 -04:002017-08-24 02:49:00 GMT
    Thursday, August 24 2017 5:46 AM EDT2017-08-24 09:46:24 GMT
    Powerball Tickets Being Printed (WBOC PHOTO)Powerball Tickets Being Printed (WBOC PHOTO)
    Wednesday's $758,700,000 Powerball Jackpot was hit by a ticket holder in Massachusetts, but players in Delaware and Maryland didn't go home completely empty-handed.More
    Wednesday's $758,700,000 Powerball Jackpot was hit by a ticket holder in Massachusetts, but players in Delaware and Maryland didn't go home completely empty-handed.More
  • Man Who Was Shot By Del. State Trooper Loses Lawsuit

    Man Who Was Shot By Del. State Trooper Loses Lawsuit

    Thursday, August 24 2017 4:34 AM EDT2017-08-24 08:34:42 GMT
    Thursday, August 24 2017 4:34 AM EDT2017-08-24 08:34:42 GMT
    DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge has ruled in favor of Delaware State Police in a lawsuit filed by a man who was shot in the back by a trooper in 2013. The judge on Wednesday rejected Keith Schueller's claims of gross negligence, battery and intentional inflicMore
    DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge has ruled in favor of Delaware State Police in a lawsuit filed by a man who was shot in the back by a trooper in 2013. The judge on Wednesday rejected Keith Schueller's claims of gross negligence, battery and intentional inflicMore
  • Storm Water Project on Williams Street in Berlin

    Storm Water Project on Williams Street in Berlin

    Thursday, August 24 2017 4:31 AM EDT2017-08-24 08:31:24 GMT
    Thursday, August 24 2017 4:31 AM EDT2017-08-24 08:31:24 GMT
    Summertime is coming to an end, but it isn't stopping construction in the town of Berlin. The town is preparing for phase 2 of the stormwater project.More
    Summertime is coming to an end, but it isn't stopping construction in the town of Berlin. The town is preparing for phase 2 of the stormwater project.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Sussex County Drug Unit Arrests 14 in Drug Investigation

    Sussex County Drug Unit Arrests 14 in Drug Investigation

    08/23/2017 13:29:00 -04:002017-08-23 17:29:00 GMT
    Wednesday, August 23 2017 1:41 PM EDT2017-08-23 17:41:30 GMT
    Janie Handy, Jayquan Bland, Delane Jacobs; DSPDJanie Handy, Jayquan Bland, Delane Jacobs; DSPD
    SELBYVILLE AND FRANKFORD, Del.-- The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit has charged fourteen people following a three-month long drug investigation in the Pollybranch area of Selbyville.On Tuesday, DSP along with investigators from seven otherMore
    SELBYVILLE AND FRANKFORD, Del.-- The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit has charged fourteen people following a three-month long drug investigation in the Pollybranch area of Selbyville.More
  • Delaware State Police Investigates Chicken Truck Crash

    Delaware State Police Investigates Chicken Truck Crash

    08/23/2017 21:51:00 -04:002017-08-24 01:51:00 GMT
    Wednesday, August 23 2017 9:51 PM EDT2017-08-24 01:51:50 GMT
    MILFORD, Del.- Delaware State Police are investigating a crash involving a chicken truck Tuesday in Milford. Police said 43-year-old Donald Jones, of Dover, was driving a tractor trailer when he crossed over Coastal Highway near Bakersfield RoaMore
    Delaware State Police are investigating a crash involving a chicken truck Tuesday in Milford.More
  • No Winning Powerball Ticket on Delmarva, but Smaller Prizes Prevail

    Powerball Jackpot Prize Up To $700 Million Dollars

    08/23/2017 22:49:00 -04:002017-08-24 02:49:00 GMT
    Thursday, August 24 2017 5:46 AM EDT2017-08-24 09:46:24 GMT
    Powerball Tickets Being Printed (WBOC PHOTO)Powerball Tickets Being Printed (WBOC PHOTO)
    Wednesday's $758,700,000 Powerball Jackpot was hit by a ticket holder in Massachusetts, but players in Delaware and Maryland didn't go home completely empty-handed.More
    Wednesday's $758,700,000 Powerball Jackpot was hit by a ticket holder in Massachusetts, but players in Delaware and Maryland didn't go home completely empty-handed.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Neighbors React to Easton Recovery Home

    Neighbors React to Easton Recovery Home

    The Humble House has some neighbors like Michael Engels more than just worried.

    "The last thing I want to do is to find out there's a halfway house within walking distance from where my children will be playing and living," Engels said.

    Upset with what's just down the street, Engels says he's considering moving.

    More

    The Humble House has some neighbors like Michael Engels more than just worried.

    "The last thing I want to do is to find out there's a halfway house within walking distance from where my children will be playing and living," Engels said.

    Upset with what's just down the street, Engels says he's considering moving.

    More
  • Girl Spreads Love, Hugs to Talbot County First Responders

    Girl Spreads Love, Hugs to Talbot County First Responders

    "Our heroes are getting hurt and I want to do this," said seven year-old, Rosalyn Baldwin.

    Rosalyn has made it her mission to spread infectious hugs across all fifty states. On Wednesday morning, Maryland became her seventeenth.

    First responders from all of Talbot County's agencies and Maryland State Police each received one of Rosalyn's special hugs. Her mom says those hugs come with a message.

    More

    "Our heroes are getting hurt and I want to do this," said seven year-old, Rosalyn Baldwin.

    Rosalyn has made it her mission to spread infectious hugs across all fifty states. On Wednesday morning, Maryland became her seventeenth.

    First responders from all of Talbot County's agencies and Maryland State Police each received one of Rosalyn's special hugs. Her mom says those hugs come with a message.

    More
  • Dirt Bikes Continue to Ride Through Salisbury

    Dirt Bikes Continue to Ride Through Salisbury

    People in Salisbury said they want to see something done about the dirt bikes riding on main roads and neighborhoods. 

    The Salisbury Police Department is asking the public to help identify dirt bikers that were spotted on Salisbury's streets earlier this week.

    More

    People in Salisbury said they want to see something done about the dirt bikes riding on main roads and neighborhoods. 

    The Salisbury Police Department is asking the public to help identify dirt bikers that were spotted on Salisbury's streets earlier this week.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices