LIers join the nation in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As people across the country celebrate the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, some political observers are wondering what's in store for the country when President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated later this week.



King is best known for his "I Have A Dream" speech, which he delivered on Aug. 28, 1963. More than 200,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to listen. He was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. 



Longtime civil rights activist and Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who worked alongside Dr. King, has said he plans to skip the inauguration. Trump responded by criticizing Lewis on Twitter.



King's son, Martin Luther King III, met with Trump in the president-elect's New York City headquarters at Trump Tower Monday. They emerged from the meeting shaking hands, and King described the meeting as constructive.



"At some point this nation, we've got to move forward," King said.



Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) echoed that notion.



"Our message needs to be how to bring people together, not how we separate people," he said.



Looking toward that goal, 9-year-old Olivia Speight carried the banner in Hempstead's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.



"He helped the black people and the white people join together in unity," she said.


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