President Bush’s visit on Thursday to observe what would have been the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 75th birthday isn’t sitting well with area tribute organizers.
They say Bush invited himself to their party and will potentially force the cancellation of some events due to security concerns. What’s more, they say, Bush will profit from a fund-raiser he will piggyback with his visit to Atlanta.
About 3:45 p.m., the president will lay a wreath at the late civil rights leader’s crypt at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. The president announced his visit on Friday.
But the MLK March Committee, a group of area civil rights activists who worked with King, say they have worked for months on a program to honor the civil rights leader at Ebenezer Baptist Church, across the street.
“They told us that the Secret Service wanted us out of there by 2 p.m.,” said the Rev. James Orange. “We are not leaving the church.” The Ebenezer program from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. focuses on human rights.
If the folks from the Ebeneezer Baptist Church aren’t available, the RNC will have to transport their special Elite Republican Negro Action Team in to provide a suitable dusky background for the President. As of this morning only three of the five available black Republicans had confirmed their availability.
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