Dr. King's Legacy, President Trump's Challenge

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Dr. King addresses crowds during the March on Washington. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- On this holiday devoted to honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with the 50th anniversary of his assassination just a few months away, let’s take a moment to consider what his family is saying about the current state of affairs in our country.

Just last week, President Trump honored Dr. King by authorizing national park designation for his birthplace, a gesture overshadowed by his gratuitous insult of the entire African continent.

And that, on top of his long record of racist statements and business practices, has left Dr. King’s daughter Bernice with low expectations.

"This is what I would like President Trump to do: Don't let the King Holiday find you using your Twitter account in an inappropriate way," she says. "If he can dare to do that, I would be proud on that day that our president honored Dr. King by not doing things that are offensive."

We’ll see if the president can manage that.

In the meantime, it will likely take more than just that for him to persuade Dr. King’s son, Martin Luther King III.

"I would like to believe that the president's intentions are not to be divisive, but much of what he says seems or feels to be divisive," says King III. "It would be wonderful to have a president who talked about bringing America together and exhibited that, who was involved in doing a social project ... that would show humility."

Don’t hold your breath.

But in one sense, the president has validated King’s vision.

Dr. King worked hard to expose the truth about American bigotry.

And President Trump has done a lot, in the wake of the mirage of our first mixed-race president, to expose just how entrenched it still is.

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