Wreath laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. is honored as a wreath is placed at his Washington, D.C. memorial.

WASHINGTON DC, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 16, 2017) (NBC) – Several foundations gathered at Martin Luther King Junior’s (MLK) memorial in Washington DC, on Monday (January 16) to honor the late King’s birthday, a national holiday observed in the USA as MLK Day.

The ceremony was kicked off with a soprano signer, Simone, who sang gospel songs as various speakers, including the Mayor of the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.), gave short speeches.

MLK Day comes only days ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.

“Donald Trump is not going to destroy or save America, nor will any other president that sits in the White House. That’s not how our government works, congress is not going to save or destroy America. But we as it’s citizens will determine what the country looks like, we as it’s citizens will determine what direction we go in and how we work with each other,” Jeff Johnson an award-winning journalist, social activist and political commentator, a speaker at the event, said.

A protester was in the background, behind the speakers, holding a sign that read: ‘A Thoroughly American Fascist Pig,’ a a drawing of Trump depicted as a Hitler with a mustache.

Those participating in the ceremony then walked towards the memorial, a statue of King, and placed a wreath, said a prayer, and sang, ‘We Shall Overcome.’