Washington hosts a traditional ceremony in memory of a civil rights activist.
On Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King Day is celebrated in the United States-Americans pay tribute to the civil rights activist who fell at the hands of an assassin 52 years ago.
A senior administration official lays the traditional wreath at the Washington King monument this year.
“I have a dream that the day will come when my four children will live in a country where they will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by what they are” – these are the words from a speech that king, an African-American pastor whose name has become a symbol of the struggle for racial equality, delivered on August 29, 1963. This speech stirred up the country, bringing issues of civil rights and economic justice to the forefront of the debate that unfolded in American society.
In the more than half a century since King’s assassination, the United States has made great strides in transforming and improving race relations. According to experts, problems in this area, however, remain.
“He… tried to achieve… not only racial equality but also economic justice,” recalled Sherry Williams, a professor at American University in the field of race relations, media and communications. – We know that before he died, he was working on a campaign for the poor. He was in Memphis supporting striking sanitation workers who were essentially fighting for a living wage.
Last year, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence took part in a ceremony dedicated to King’s memory, laying a wreath at the monument to the civil rights activist. President Trump called Martin Luther King Day “a great day.”