At a food pantry on Jersey Street, about a dozen people were volunteering and lining up for pastries, coconut water and canned goods in a room at the Mt. Sinai Center for Community Enrichment on Monday - Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Demonstrations against racism were planned in many USA cities as debate over the president's words dominated editorial page and cable TV commentary. In the fall of 1968, black students from UCSB joined the national civil rights movement to end the systematic exclusion of African American studies from the curriculum of major universities, the Black Studies Department website states.
"I think we have forgotten that he was talking to us as individuals and that it's our job to live and breathe civil rights", she said.
"I'm previously incarcerated", said Yancy Singleton of Norwalk. Therefore, the day could be a celebration not only of King's legacy, but of his birth, according to Faye Carter, president of the Surry County branch of the NAACP, primary sponsor of an event held at LH Jones Auditorium.
"It's just real sentimental because he gave so much for so many of us", she said. Trump has denied making the remark.
Senior writer Michael Fletcher explores the origins of the East-West Major League Baseball Classic, an all-star game honoring King's life that raised funds for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). "He was the most charismatic person of his time and I think he would have rallied the troops to vote against Trump".
He has sought to move off the defensive by accusing the Democrats of sabotaging a bipartisan bid to reach a deal on immigration reform. "And hopefully, you will leave a mark that someone else will see and hopefully continue on the same path to make things better", Watts-Wilkerson said.
A bipartisan deal to resolve the Dreamers issue in return for changes demanded by Republicans in the way visas are allocated collapsed in acrimony Thursday over Trump's remarks.
"We are all still dreaming", Burnett said.
She said that more than two decades ago, she worked for Trump in the Marketing Department at the Trump Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.
David Sharos is a freelance reporter for the Naperville Sun.
The president's defense appeared not to sway the sizable crowd of Haitians - waving their country's flag - who gathered near the foot of a bridge leading to Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach to jeer at Trump as the motorcade returned from the golf club.
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