In his first public comments since getting into a war of words with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, civil rights icon John Lewis honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by telling a crowd of young men at a breakfast in Miami to, “never, ever hate.”
(CBS) – Congressman John Lewis honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday (January 16) as the U.S. commemorated the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who would have turned 88 on Sunday (January 15).
Lewis spoke in Miami on the heels of Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s inflammatory remarks about civil rights champion, a Democratic U.S. congressman who marched with King in the 1965 voting rights march in Selma, Alabama, and was beaten by police.
“As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, hate is too heavy a burden to bear. And I said to you as a young men the future leaders of this state the future leader of this nation the future leader of the world we must never ever hate. The way of love is a better way,” Lewis told a group of young men.
Trump said in a weekend tweet that Lewis’ congressional district, which sweeps through the heart of Atlanta, “is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested).”
“All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!” Trump tweeted after Lewis vowed to boycott Friday’s inauguration of Trump as the 45th president
Trump won the presidency with less support from black and Hispanic voters than any president in the past 40 years, only 8 percent and 28 percent, respectively, polling data showed.
Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968 at the age 39.