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Trump has vilified, denigrated legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.: Journalist

Abayomi Azikiwe

US President Donald Trump has "vilified and denigrated" the legacy of African American civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a journalist in Detroit says.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were criticized on Monday for attempting to use the civil rights leader's 90th birthday anniversary to promote the administration’s agenda.

“What Trump and Pence did on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a distortion [of] his legacy,” said Abayomi Azikiwe, editor at the Pan-African News Wire.

Trump has also denigrated “the entire civil rights movement and human rights movement and peace movement inside the United States,” Azikiwe said in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday.

Azikiwe insisted that if MLK was alive today he would be protesting against the Trump administration’s human rights violations and illegal detentions.

In particular, Azikiwe mentioned the "illegal" detention of Press TV news anchor Marzieh Hashemi by US authorities.

Hashemi, a 59-year-old African-American Muslim convert who has been living in Iran for years, was detained at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in Missouri last Sunday while she was in the US to visit her ill brother and other family members.

King, who was a clergyman, was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

He is best remembered for his role in the advancement of civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s.

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