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The bust of civil rights activist and leader Martin Luther King Jr. is draped with a wreath of flowers to commemorate his birthday which is observed as a federal holiday next Monday, in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

January 12, 2018
OAN Newsroom

President Trump signed a proclamation honoring Martin Luther King Junior Day.

The president officially commemorated the holiday at the White House Friday, and praised the civil rights icon.

During his speech, the president hailed King as a ‘Great American hero,’ whose life changed the course of human history.

He went on to describe King as someone who lifted the conscious of the nation, and helped us all recognize the dignity in every person.

The president commended the reverend’s courage to stand up for his fellow Americans.

“Today we celebrate Dr. King for standing up for the self evident truth Americans hold so dear that no matter the color of our skin or the place of our birth we are created equal by god,” stated President Trump.

In further emphasizing the civil rights leader’s lasting impact, the president said his words and vision only grow stronger as time goes by.

President Trump concluded his remarks by encouraging Americans to do acts of civic work, or serve their communities to honor the legacy of Dr. King.

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