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tv   President Signs Martin Luther King Jr. Day Proclamation  CSPAN  January 12, 2018 12:19pm-12:35pm EST

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trump. 10:00 a.m. andat 6:00 p.m. on c-span. congress returns to capitol hill on tuesday facing a government shutdown deadline a week from today. will consider an abortion bill. the senate will consider next week the house-past bill -- house-passed bill reauthorizing the fisa act. see the house on c-span. see the house on c-span2. >> this week, the supreme court heard the argument of voting rights. r the argument tonight on c-span, online at www.c-span.org , or listen with the free c-span radio app. can follow the upcoming schedule. the schedule this
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term and all the current justices. and with video on demand, you can watch all the oral arguments we have aired at www.c-span.org /supremecourt. >> president trump sign a proclamation honoring dr. martin luther king jr. had of monday's federal holiday. he did not respond to questions about his comments yesterday on haiti and african countries. this is about 15 minutes. president trump: good morning, everybody. thank you very much. carsonto thank secretary jr. forith mr. farris joining us today. earlier this week i had a privilege to join isaac and others to sign into law
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legislation redesignating the martin luther king jr. national to the martin luther king jr. national historic park. the new law expands the area protected, and historic sites for the future, generations of americans are becoming so important, and this is a great honor for us and a great honor to dr. king. today we gather in the white house to honor the memory of a great american hero, the reverend dr. martin luther king jr. on generate 15, 1929, martin luther king -- on january 15, 1929, martin luther king junior was born in atlanta. he decided to follow the calling of his father and grandfather to become a christian pastor. he would later write 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 his life, love, love for each other, for neighbors, and for our fellow americans. faith in his love for humanity led him and so many heroes 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 with the hearts of our people to recognize the dignity written in every human soul. today we celebrate dr. king for standing up for the self-evident truths americans hold so dear,
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that no matter what color of our skin or the place of our birth, where all created equal by god. this april we will mark a half century since reverend king was so cruelly taken from us by an assassin's 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 pledge to fight for his dream of equality, freedom, justice, and peace. i will now sign a proclamation theng january 15, 2018, martin luther king jr. federal holiday and encourage all americans to observe this day with acts of civic work and community service in honor of dr. king's extraordinary life, and it was extraordinary indeed.
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and his great legacy. thank you, got bless you all, and god bless. america with that i would like to ask a great friend of mine, secretary carson, for remarks, and we are going to be signing the very important proclamation. thank you very much. ben? thank you, mr.n: president. it is an honor to to be here today celebrating the solemn occasion. and i thank you for signing legislation to designate the tomb ofce, church, and dr. martin luther king as a national historic park. this monumental struggle for struggle earned these places in faith, and death, the same honor as mount vernon and that famous humble log cabin in illinois.
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this april we will observe the 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, ght him immortal in the american heart. justice andof common dignity of man resounds today, urgently needed to heal the divisions of our age. today we honor the legacy of the jobsarched on watching for and freedom, achieving both for millions of americans of all races and backgrounds. but his legacy also causes us to remember where these ideas,
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equality, freedom, liberty, get their power. our good efforts alone are not enough to lend them meaning. for by what shall i be called equal to another man? it cannot the by wealth test it cannotbe by wealth -- it be by wealth because there will always be one richer than me. we cannot eat by strength, because there were always be someone stronger than me, or any other piece of condition who are distributed by profits. perhaps providence alone is the answer. we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, are life,g these liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
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with these words are declaration of independence recognizes the true author of our common dignity, one that is beyond every human law and institution. if we forget this source of our fundamental equality, than our fight to recognize it in our society will never be fulfilled. this is a truth that dr. king carried with him from selma to montgomery, from a pulpit in atlanta to the steps of the lincoln memorial, from a cell in birmingham to the entire world. this year we will not remember his slaying as the ending, but as a beginning, as a moment when his truth rose stronger than and his cause larger than death. as a moment when he called to new life with his creator,
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before whom all men will stand in equal rank, bearing with them no riches but the content of their character. if we keep this conviction at the center of our every work and action, if we look upon our countrymen as brothers with a shared home and a common destination, then instead of meaningless words rolling off of our tongue, we will truly create one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. and we're going to have a word from pastor isaac rris, nephew of dr. martin luther king. [applause] farris: president trump,
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vice president pence, and to all assembled here, it is my own -- here today the first thing he would say, what are you doing for others? that is why it was so important kingmy aunt coretta scott returned to the congress now about 10 years ago and asked that the meaning of the holiday be changed. we did not want the king holiday just to be a day of hero worship . as his nephew, i certainly think he was one of the greatest but it should not be a day of hero worship. and that is why congress agreed with my aunt, and also made it a day of service so that we, on at the king center
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to it as a day on, not a day off. it is 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 cannot get to the end of the driveway. bottom line, you are doing something that benefits something other than yourself. that is the proper way to and the my uncle proper way to celebrate the king holiday. so president trump, thank you for taking the time to a knowledge this day -- a thisedge -- acknowledge day. thank you for remembering that we are all americans and on this day we should be united in love for all americans.
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thank you, mr. president, thank you, mr. vice president. [applause] president trump: this is a rreat, important day fo martin luther king, junior. congratulations. [applause]
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>> mr. president, will you give an apology for your words yesterday? >> mr. president, are you a racist? >> the president is not talking to you. governor eric greitens delivered his state of the state address at the state capitol in jefferson city. legislativehis priorities, including assisting foster children, lowering taxes for working families and businesses, and reducing regulatory requirements and streamlining government operations. he spoke for about an hour. [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the governor of the great state of missouri, eric greitens. [applause] gov. greitens: thank you. thank you. thank you all. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. gov. greitens: thank you, lieutenant governor parsons, speaker richardson, and members of the missouri house, president richard, and members of the missouri senate, chief justice fisher and justices of the supreme court,

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