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tv   President Signs Martin Luther King Jr. Day Proclamation  CSPAN  January 16, 2018 8:00am-8:13am EST

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directly to your favorite authors. >> you're watching bock tv on c-span2 with top nonfiction box and authors every weekend. booktv television or for serious readers. ahead of the martin luther king day weekend president trump signed a proclamation at the white house marking the occasion. this is ten minutes. thank you very much. along with isaac newton ferris jr. and many distinguished guests for joining us here had today a great honor. earlier this week i had a tremendous privilege to join isaac and alvita to sign into law legislation, redes ig they
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thed the martin luther king, jr. national hishing site to the martin luther king, jr. national historic park. the new law expands the area protected and generations of americanss are becoming so important and this is a great honor for us and great honor to dr. king. today question gather in white house to honor memory of the reverend dr. martin luther king, jr. on january 15th, 1929, martin luther king, jr. was born in atlanta, georgia, he would go on to change the course of human history. as a young man dr. king decided to follow the the the calling of his father. and grandfather, to become a christian pastor. he would later write that it was quite easy for me to think of a
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god of love. mainly because i grew up in a family where love was central. that is what reverend king preached. all of his life love -- love for each other. for neighbors and for our fellow americans. dr. king's faith and his love for humanity led him and so many other o heros to courageously stand up for civil rights of african-americans. through his bravery and sacrifice dr. king opened the eyes and lifted the conscience of our nation. he stood hearts of our people to recognize the dignity written in every human soul. today we celebrate dr. king for standing pup for the self-evident truth americans hold so dear that no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all
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created equal by god. this april we will mark a -- half century since reverend king was so cruelly taken from us by assassin bullet, but while dr. king is no longer with us, his words and his vision only grow stronger through time. today we mourn his loss. we celebrate his legacy and we ledge to fight for his dream of equality, freedom, justice, and peace. i will now sign the proclamation making january 15th, 2018, the martin luther king, jr. federal holiday and encourage all americans to obvious this day with acts of civic work and community service in honor of dr. king's extraordinary life and his great legacy.
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thank you, god bless you all. and god bless america. and with that i would like to ask a -- great trend of mine secretary carson or for remarks, then we're going to be signing the very important proclamation. thank you very much. ben. thank you mr. president. honor to be here today. celebrating this psalm occasion. and i thank you for signing legislation to designate the birthplace, church, and tomb of dr. martin luther king as a national historic park. his monumental struggle for civil rights earned these places in his life, pate, and death the same honor as mount vernon and that famous humble log cabin in illinois. this april, we will observe the
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50th anniversary of dr. king's assassination. i remember so vividly that day as a high school student in detroit. far from silencing his dream, death brought him immortal in the american heart. this message of equality, justice, and the common dignity of man resounds today urgently needed to heal the divisions of our age. today we honor the man who marched on washington for jobs and freedom that achieving both for millions of americans. much all races and backgrounds. but his legacy also causes us to remember where these ideas, equality, freedom, liberty, get their power.
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>>s alone are not enough to lend them meaning. for by what shall i be called qawl to another man? it cannot be but by wealth -- for there will always be one richer than me. it cannot be by strength for there will always be one stronger than me. it can cannot be by success or happiness or beauty. or o any other pieces of the human condition which are distributed through providence. so perhaps prove conditions is the evidence alone that all men are created equal they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights among these are life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. with these familiar words our independents recognizes true
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author of our dignity one beyond every human law and institution. the fact to recognize this in our society will never be full tilled. this is a truth that dr. king carried with him from selma to month from a pulpit in atlanta to the steps of the lincoln memorial. from a sale in birmingham to the entire world. this year we will not remember his slang as the ending. but as a beginning. as a moment when his truth rose stronger than hatred. in his cause larger than death as a moment when he called to new life with his create tore before whom all men shall one
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day stand and equal rank bearing with them no riches. but con tengt of their character. we keep this conviction at the center of their every word and action and we look upon our countrymen as brother, with a shared home and common des nation, instead of meaningless words rolling off of our tongue, we will truly create one nation. under god indevisible with liberty and justice for all. we're going to have a word from pastor isaac newton ferris, and nephew of martin luther king, jr..
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>> president trump, vice president pence and to all assembled here, it is my uncle were here today the first thing he would say is what or we or he doing for others and that's why it was so important that my aunt scott king returned to the congress now about ten years ago and asks that the meaning of the holiday be changed. we did not want and worship as e nephew i certainly think that he was one with of the greatest americans that we produced. and also made it a day of service so that we on that day as a matter of fact that the kings center we were refer to as day on not a day off.
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not a day to pull out many park or pull off parking lot barbecue grill but a day to do something to help someone else and that can be as simple as -- delivering someone's trash or picking up the newspaper for that elderly person who can't get to the end of the driveway. bottom line you're doing something is that benefits someone other than yourself. that's the proper way and way to celebrate the king hog holiday so president trump thank you for taking the time. to acknowledge this day and remembering that we're all americans and on had day we should be united and love for all americans. thank you mr. president, thank you mr. vice president.
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>> martin luther king, jr. federal holiday 2018 by the president of the united states of america. a proclamation -- congratulations. >> thank you, mr. president. [applause]
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mr. president will you give an apology for the statement yesterdaysome >> -- oh, boy. [inaudible conversations] mr. president are you a racist? mr. president will you respond to experience -- >> no. mr. president about are are you a racist? >> the national action network held its annual martin luther king day breakfast yesterday morning in washington, d.c. we'll hear from reverend al sharpton martin luther can king the thiferred and browser dmbt national committee chair tom res and american federation of teachers president randy qien garten.

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