On King’s holiday, daughter calls for bold action over words

Jan 15, 2023, 9:51 PM | Updated: Jan 16, 2023, 5:13 pm
The Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band Tuba section prepare to...

The Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band Tuba section prepare to participate in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

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              The Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band Tuba section prepare to participate in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              The Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band participate in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              The Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band Tuba section join the parade route to participate in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              The Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy students put on protective rain coats prior to participating in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              Church groups from Birmingham and Charleston participate in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              Members of the Cathedral City High School Ballet Folklorico pose for a photo prior to joining in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              Newly elected Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass waves as she rides along during the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              Music students from the Kipp Scholar Academy prepare to participate in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration, returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              Music students from the Kipp Scholar Academy prepare to participate in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              Students from Abilene Christian University and other community members lead the march honoring Martin Luther King Jr., over the bridge which bears the civil rights icon's name, in Abilene, Texas, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)
            
              The tomb of Martin Luther King Jr. is pictured at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, where hundreds of people gathered to commemorate the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. King was assassinated in 1968 and now is entombed alongside his wife, Coretta Scott King, on the campus that includes the old Ebenezer Baptist Church where he once preached, the church's new sanctuary and The King Center that seeks to carry on his work for nonviolent social action. (AP Photo/Bill Barrow)
            
              Union laborers, voting rights advocates and civil rights activists march down Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, between the old Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached and the church's new campus. They marched as part of the 38th federal holiday observance honoring the slain civil rights leader. (AP Photo/Bill Barrow)
            
              Civic groups, schools and dance troupes along with spectators on the parade route take part in the MLK Holiday Parade held in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. Peace groups and anti-violence activists were well represented at the event. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via AP)
            
              Joseph Patterson of Key Arts Production in Philadelphia, speaks during a multimedia event honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at a convocation ceremony at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa., Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (John Rucosky/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)
            
              The 49 members of the Wilson Scholars Class of 2023 stand facing the audience wearing their medallions after the processional and medallion ceremony during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a keynote address by Douglas Emhoff, the second gentleman of the U.S., who is married to the first female vice president, as the organization honored 2023 Wilson Scholars, Philanthropic Mentors, and inducted Models of Excellence. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Miami-Dade Public schools educator Ira Fluitt, center, embraces student Andre Jackson, right, after being recognized as one of the 49 Wilson Scholars for Class of 2023, during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a keynote address by Douglas Emhoff, the second gentleman of the U.S., who is married to the first female vice president, as the organization honored 2023 Wilson Scholars, Philanthropic Mentors, and inducted Models of Excellence. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Toastmaster Gordon Eric Knowles, left, looks on as 5000 Role Models of Excellence Foundation 2023 honoree former Congressman Kendrick Meek, center, looks down at his Congressional Record while standing next to his wife Arshi Siddiqui Meek, second left, along with his family during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Seven Congressional Records were given during the event. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, founder of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, gives her introduction during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff gives his remarks regarding the legacy of MLK and the importance of future role models in keeping the legacy alive during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Thousands of walkers take part in a march honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in San Antonio, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Thousands of walkers take part in a march honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in San Antonio, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at the National Action Network's Martin Luther King, Jr., Day breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
            
              Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks at the National Action Network's Martin Luther King, Jr., Day breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Washington. Martin Luther King III, the son of Martin Luther King Jr., left, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, right, look on. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
            
              United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              Martin Luther King III, center, the son of Martin Luther King Jr., accompanied by his wife Arndrea Waters King, both with the Drum Major Institute, speaks during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              The Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band Tuba section prepare to participate in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              The Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band participate in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              The Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band Tuba section join the parade route to participate in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              The Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy students put on protective rain coats prior to participating in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              Church groups from Birmingham and Charleston participate in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              Members of the Cathedral City High School Ballet Folklorico pose for a photo prior to joining in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              Newly elected Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass waves as she rides along during the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              Music students from the Kip Scholar Academy prepare to participate in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              Music students from the Kip Scholar Academy prepare to participate in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade, America's largest Martin Luther King Day celebration returned. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
            
              The 49 members of the Wilson Scholars Class of 2023 stand facing the audience wearing their medallions after the processional and medallion ceremony during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a keynote address by Douglas Emhoff, the second gentleman of the U.S., who is married to the first female vice president, as the organization honored 2023 Wilson Scholars, Philanthropic Mentors, and inducted Models of Excellence. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Miami-Dade Public schools educator Ira Fluitt, center, embraces student Andre Jackson, right, after being recognized as one of the 49 Wilson Scholars for Class of 2023, during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a keynote address by Douglas Emhoff, the second gentleman of the U.S., who is married to the first female vice president, as the organization honored 2023 Wilson Scholars, Philanthropic Mentors, and inducted Models of Excellence. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, founder of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, gives her introduction during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff gives his remarks regarding the legacy of MLK and the importance of future role models in keeping the legacy alive during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              The tomb of Martin Luther King Jr. is pictured at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, where hundreds of people gathered to commemorate the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. King was assassinated in 1968 and now is entombed alongside his wife, Coretta Scott King, on the campus that includes the old Ebenezer Baptist Church where he once preached, the church's new sanctuary and The King Center that seeks to carry on his work for nonviolent social action. (AP Photo/Bill Barrow)
            
              Union laborers, voting rights advocates and civil rights activists march down Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, between the old Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached and the church's new campus. They marched as part of the 38th federal holiday observance honoring the slain civil rights leader. (AP Photo/Bill Barrow)
            
              Martin Luther King Jr.'s pulpit stands empty in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, as people file into the old Ebenezer Baptist Church on the federal holiday that commemorates the civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. The sanctuary, between downtown and the house where King was born and raised, now is part of a national park. (AP Photo/Bill Barrow)
            
              Thousands of walkers take part in a march honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in San Antonio, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Toastmaster Gordon Eric Knowles, left, looks on as 5000 Role Models of Excellence Foundation 2023 honoree former Congressman Kendrick Meek, center, looks down at his Congressional Record while standing next to his wife Arshi Siddiqui Meek, second left, along with his family during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Seven Congressional Records were given during the event. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Martin Luther King III, center, the son of Martin Luther King Jr., accompanied by his wife Arndrea Waters King, both with the Drum Major Institute, speaks during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at the National Action Network's Martin Luther King, Jr., Day breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
            
              The 49 members of the Wilson Scholars Class of 2023 stand facing the audience wearing their medallions after the processional and medallion ceremony during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a keynote address by Douglas Emhoff, the second gentleman of the U.S., who is married to the first female vice president, as the organization honored 2023 Wilson Scholars, Philanthropic Mentors, and inducted Models of Excellence. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Miami-Dade Public schools educator Ira Fluitt, center, embraces student Andre Jackson, right, after being recognized as one of the 49 Wilson Scholars for Class of 2023, during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a keynote address by Douglas Emhoff, the second gentleman of the U.S., who is married to the first female vice president, as the organization honored 2023 Wilson Scholars, Philanthropic Mentors, and inducted Models of Excellence. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, founder of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, gives her introduction during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff gives his remarks regarding the legacy of MLK and the importance of future role models in keeping the legacy alive during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              The tomb of Martin Luther King Jr. is pictured at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, where hundreds of people gathered to commemorate the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. King was assassinated in 1968 and now is entombed alongside his wife, Coretta Scott King, on the campus that includes the old Ebenezer Baptist Church where he once preached, the church's new sanctuary and The King Center that seeks to carry on his work for nonviolent social action. (AP Photo/Bill Barrow)
            
              Union laborers, voting rights advocates and civil rights activists march down Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, between the old Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached and the church's new campus. They marched as part of the 38th federal holiday observance honoring the slain civil rights leader. (AP Photo/Bill Barrow)
            
              Martin Luther King Jr.'s pulpit stands empty in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, as people file into the old Ebenezer Baptist Church on the federal holiday that commemorates the civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. The sanctuary, between downtown and the house where King was born and raised, now is part of a national park. (AP Photo/Bill Barrow)
            
              Thousands of walkers take part in a march honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in San Antonio, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Toastmaster Gordon Eric Knowles, left, looks on as 5000 Role Models of Excellence Foundation 2023 honoree former Congressman Kendrick Meek, center, looks down at his Congressional Record while standing next to his wife Arshi Siddiqui Meek, second left, along with his family during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Seven Congressional Records were given during the event. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Martin Luther King III, center, the son of Martin Luther King Jr., accompanied by his wife Arndrea Waters King, both with the Drum Major Institute, speaks during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at the National Action Network's Martin Luther King, Jr., Day breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
            
              The 49 members of the Wilson Scholars Class of 2023 stand facing the audience wearing their medallions after the processional and medallion ceremony during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a keynote address by Douglas Emhoff, the second gentleman of the U.S., who is married to the first female vice president, as the organization honored 2023 Wilson Scholars, Philanthropic Mentors, and inducted Models of Excellence. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Miami-Dade Public schools educator Ira Fluitt, center, embraces student Andre Jackson, right, after being recognized as one of the 49 Wilson Scholars for Class of 2023, during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a keynote address by Douglas Emhoff, the second gentleman of the U.S., who is married to the first female vice president, as the organization honored 2023 Wilson Scholars, Philanthropic Mentors, and inducted Models of Excellence. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, founder of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, gives her introduction during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff gives his remarks regarding the legacy of MLK and the importance of future role models in keeping the legacy alive during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              The tomb of Martin Luther King Jr. is pictured at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, where hundreds of people gathered to commemorate the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. King was assassinated in 1968 and now is entombed alongside his wife, Coretta Scott King, on the campus that includes the old Ebenezer Baptist Church where he once preached, the church's new sanctuary and The King Center that seeks to carry on his work for nonviolent social action. (AP Photo/Bill Barrow)
            
              Union laborers, voting rights advocates and civil rights activists march down Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, between the old Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached and the church's new campus. They marched as part of the 38th federal holiday observance honoring the slain civil rights leader. (AP Photo/Bill Barrow)
            
              Martin Luther King Jr.'s pulpit stands empty in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, as people file into the old Ebenezer Baptist Church on the federal holiday that commemorates the civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. The sanctuary, between downtown and the house where King was born and raised, now is part of a national park. (AP Photo/Bill Barrow)
            
              Thousands of walkers take part in a march honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in San Antonio, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Toastmaster Gordon Eric Knowles, left, looks on as 5000 Role Models of Excellence Foundation 2023 honoree former Congressman Kendrick Meek, center, looks down at his Congressional Record while standing next to his wife Arshi Siddiqui Meek, second left, along with his family during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Seven Congressional Records were given during the event. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              Martin Luther King III, center, the son of Martin Luther King Jr., accompanied by his wife Arndrea Waters King, both with the Drum Major Institute, speaks during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at the National Action Network's Martin Luther King, Jr., Day breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
            
              Thousands of walkers take part in a march honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in San Antonio, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Toastmaster Gordon Eric Knowles, left, looks on as 5000 Role Models of Excellence Foundation 2023 honoree former Congressman Kendrick Meek, center, looks down at his Congressional Record while standing next to his wife Arshi Siddiqui Meek, second left, along with his family during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Seven Congressional Records were given during the event. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
            
              President Joe Biden speaks at the National Action Network's Martin Luther King, Jr., Day breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
            
              President Joe Biden stands with Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., as he speaks at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, during a service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              President Joe Biden, joined by Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., left, and the Rev. Chelsea D. Waite, right, speaks at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, during a service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              Audience members listen to actor and playwright Keith Hamilton Cobb Monday morning, Jan. 16, 2023, during his keynote speech at Peter J. Gomes Chapel on the campus of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, during one of several Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. events during the holiday weekend. Among the capacity crowd in attendance was Robin Hodgskin, center, a Bates alumnus and Arthur Bell, both of Yarmouth, who make it a tradition to come hear the keynote speaker every year during the MLK day events at the Lewiston college. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)
            
              Actor and playwright Keith Hamilton Cobb delivers the keynote speech Monday morning, Jan. 16, 2023, at Peter J. Gomes Chapel on the campus of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine during one of several Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. events during the holiday weekend. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)
            
              Actor and playwright Keith Hamilton Cobb delivers the keynote speech Monday morning, Jan. 16, 2023, at Peter J. Gomes Chapel on the campus of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, during one of several Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. events during the holiday weekend. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)
            
              A vehicle's lights streak up Pine Street, Friday night, Jan. 13, 2023 in Lewiston, Maine, in an 8 second exposure as the City Hall clock tower shines bright yellow in honor of Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day. According to mayor Carl Sheline, he was told that the color yellow was chosen because it was a happy and cheerful color. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)
            
              Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., a senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, helps President Joe Biden with the microphone at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, during a service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
            
              President Joe Biden poses for photos after speaking at the National Action Network's Martin Luther King, Jr., Day breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
            
              President Joe Biden speaks at the National Action Network's Martin Luther King, Jr., Day breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
            
              President Joe Biden speaks at the National Action Network's Martin Luther King, Jr., Day breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
            
              With the Washington Monument in the background, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is seen on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
            
              A large group gathers to watch a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

ATLANTA (AP) — America has honored Martin Luther King Jr. with a federal holiday for nearly four decades yet still hasn’t fully embraced and acted on the lessons from the slain civil rights leader, his youngest daughter said Monday.

The Rev. Bernice King, who leads The King Center in Atlanta, said leaders — especially politicians — too often cheapen her father’s legacy into a “comfortable and convenient King” offering easy platitudes.

“We love to quote King in and around the holiday. … But then we refuse to live King 365 days of the year,” she declared at the commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where her father once preached.

The service, organized by the center and held at Ebenezer annually, headlined observances of the 38th federal King holiday. King, gunned down in Memphis in 1968 as he advocated for better pay and working conditions for the city’s sanitation workers, would have celebrated his 94th birthday Sunday.

Her voice rising and falling in cadences similar to her father’s, Bernice King bemoaned institutional and individual racism, economic and health care inequities, police violence, a militarized international order, hardline immigration structures and the climate crisis. She said she’s “exhausted, exasperated and, frankly, disappointed” to hear her father’s words about justice quoted so extensively alongside “so little progress” addressing society’s gravest problems.

“He was God’s prophet sent to this nation and even the world to guide us and forewarn us. … A prophetic word calls for an inconvenience because it challenges us to change our hearts, our minds and our behavior,” Bernice King said. “Dr. King, the inconvenient King, puts some demands on us to change our ways.”

President Joe Biden addressed an MLK breakfast hosted in Washington by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. Sharpton got his start as a civil rights organizer in his teens as youth director of an anti-poverty project of King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

“This is a time for choosing,” Biden said, repeating themes from a speech he delivered Sunday at Ebenezer at the invitation of Sen. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer who recently won re-election to a full term as Georgia’s first Black U.S. senator.

“Will we choose democracy over autocracy, or community over chaos? Love over hate?” Biden asked Monday. “These are the questions of our time that I ran for president to try to help answer. … Dr. King’s life and legacy — in my view — shows the way forward.”

Elsewhere in Washington, Martin Luther King III attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the national memorial to his father. And Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman and person of color to hold the office, spoke to volunteers at a day of service project at George Washington University.

Thousands attended a memorial march in San Antonio. In Los Angeles, the Kingdom Day Parade returned after a two-year pandemic break.

Other commemorations echoed Bernice King’s reminder and Biden’s allusions that the “Beloved Community” — Martin Luther King’s descriptor for a world in which all people are free from fear, discrimination, hunger and violence — remains elusive.

In Boston, Mayor Michelle Wu talked about advancing truth in an era of hyper-partisanship and misinformation.

“We’re battling not just two sides or left or right and a gradient in between that have to somehow come to compromise, but a growing movement of hate, abuse, extremism and white supremacy fueled by misinformation, fueled by conspiracy theories that are taking root at every level,” she said.

Wu, the first woman and person of color elected mayor of Boston, said education restores trust. Quoting King, she called for overcoming the “fatigue of despair” to enact change. “It is sometimes in those moments when we feel most tired, most despairing, that we are just about to break through,” Wu told attendees at a memorial breakfast.

Volunteers in Philadelphia held service projects focused on gun violence prevention. The city has seen a surge in homicides that saw 516 people killed last year and 562 the year before, the highest total in at least six decades.

Some participants in the effort’s signature project, led by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, worked to assemble gun safety kits for public distribution. The kits include “gun cable locks and additional safety devices for childproofing,” according to organizers. They also include information about firearm storage, health and social services information, and coping in the aftermath of gun violence.

Other kits being assembled highlighted Temple University Hospital’s “Fighting Chance” program and included materials to enable immediate response to victims at the scene of gunfire, organizers said. Recipients are to be trained in the use of the materials, which include tourniquets, gauze, chest seals and other items to treat critical wounds, they said.

In Selma, Alabama, a seminal site in the civil rights movement, residents were commemorating King as they recover from a deadly storm system that moved across the South last week.

King was not present at Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge for the initial march known as “Bloody Sunday,” when Alabama state troopers attacked and beat marchers in March 1965. But he joined a subsequent procession that successfully crossed the bridge toward the Capitol in Montgomery, punctuating efforts that pushed Congress to pass and President Lyndon Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Pettus Bridge was unscathed by Thursday’s storm.

Maine’s first Black House speaker urged residents Monday to honor King’s memory by joining in acts of service.

“His unshakable faith, powerful nonviolent activism and his vision for peace and justice in our world altered the course of history,” Rachel Talbot Ross said in a statement. Talbot Ross is also the daughter of Maine’s first black lawmaker, and a former president of the Portland NAACP.

“We must follow his example of leading with light and love and recommit ourselves to building a more compassionate, just and equal community,” she added.

At Ebenezer, Warnock, who has led the congregation for 17 years, hailed his predecessor’s role in securing ballot access for Black Americans. But, like Bernice King, the senator warned against a reductive understanding of King.

“Don’t just call him a civil rights leader. He was a faith leader,” Warnock said. “Faith was the foundation upon which he did everything he did. You don’t face down dogs and water hoses because you read Nietzsche or Niebuhr. You gotta tap into that thing, that God he said he met anew in Montgomery when someone threatened to bomb his house and kill his wife and his new child.”

King, Warnock said, “left the comfort of a filter that made the whole world his parish,” turning faith into “the creative weapon of love and nonviolence.”

While echoing Bernice King’s call for bolder public policy, Warnock noted some progress in his lifetime. As he’s done through two Senate campaigns, Warnock noted he was born a year after King’s assassination, when both of Georgia senators were staunch segregationists, including one Warnock described as loving “the Negro” as long as he was “in his place at the back door.”

But, Warnock said, “Because of what Dr. King and because of what you did … I now sit in his seat.”

— Associated Press journalists Will Weissert in Washington, David Sharp in Portland, Maine, and Ron Todt in Philadelphia contributed.

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