MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech Sunday in remembrance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at a church service in Tennessee
Pence spoke on the Holy Metropolis Church of God in Memphis the day earlier than the federal vacation named after the civil rights chief.
“I’m right here to pay a debt of honor and respect to a person who from strolling the dust roads of the Deep South, to chatting with tons of of hundreds on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, touched the hearts of the American folks and led the civil rights motion to overcome Jim Crow,” Pence mentioned.
Earlier than the service, Pence toured the Nationwide Civil Rights Museum on the Lorraine Motel, the place King was fatally shot on April four, 1968, whereas standing on a balcony.
“However we’re not right here at this time to discuss that horrible day, however about a lifetime of consequence and a life properly lived,” Pence mentioned.
Pence spoke about King’s faith and the way he “challenged the conscience of a nation to stay as much as our highest beliefs by chatting with our widespread basis of religion.
The vp added: “”He touched the hearts of tens of millions of Individuals and his phrases proceed to encourage by this present day.”
Acknowledging the nation’s deep rift, Pence mentioned that if Individuals rededicate themselves to the beliefs that King superior whereas striving to open alternatives for everybody, “we’ll see our approach by these divided occasions and we’ll do our half in our time to kind a extra good union.”
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