Martin Luther King III made the interesting decision to meet with Donald Trump on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the national holiday celebrating the birth of his father.
King said that Trump’s intent is to ensure that all Americans are guaranteed the right to vote and he plans to work with him to that end.
When asked about Trump’s malicious attacks on Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a close friend of his father’s, King said that he doesn’t believe that Lewis is “all talk” as Trump claimed.
“In the heat of emotion a lot of things get said on both sides…and I think that, at some point, I am, as John Lewis and many others are, a bridge builder. The goal is to bring America together and Americans. We are a great nation, but we must become a greater nation,” King said.
In Dr. King’s book Why We Can’t Wait, he discussed his meetings with President Lyndon B. Johnson. King didn’t shy away from naming the evils of institutional racism and discrimination as his son has apparently done. Dr. King made it clear that he would only work with Johnson as long as he centered the needs of Black people living in poverty in the United States.
Johnson, a not so clandestine racist, would go on to sign into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014.
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Source: the Root