President Trump Signs Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park Into Law

January 9, 2018 Updated: January 10, 2018

President Donald Trump on Jan. 8 signed the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act, redesignating the Martin Luther King, Junior, National Historic Site in Georgia as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park. The site is King’s birthplace.

Trump signed the act aboard Air Force One, and was joined by Alveda King who is the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

A recording of a speech by Martin Luther King (seen in this 1966 photograph) turned up at a college in Kansas. (AFP/Getty Images)

King praised Trump in July last year, describing him as brilliant and compassionate.

“Trump himself is a brilliant man. I believe he’s compassionate,” she said in an interview with Fox & Friends.

“If you go and look at all of the executive orders, the things for women and science, for African-American education, for moving into our communities with Dr. Ben Carson at HUD — there are so many things that he’s doing and he’s working with African-American leaders,” she said.

Also present during the signing of the act aboard Air force One were Isaac Newton Farris Jr., nephew of Dr. King, and Bruce LeVell of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump.

The bill had been introduced by Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.), the Atlanta-area congressman whose district includes the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park. Lewis was a close colleague of King in the civil rights movement.

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