WASHINGTON - Crowds of people gathered at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday to observe the holiday set aside for the famed civil rights leader. Along with those in attendance was his son, Martin Luther King, III.
FOX 5's Bob Barnard spoke with King, III, who was a part of the celebration and who said he was proud to be at the memorial. "My view is if we can engage in community service for a day, then why not a week? If we can engage a week, why not a month? If we can engage a month, why not year? If a year, why not a lifetime?"
While he didn't mention President Trump or any other lawmaker by name, King, III did comment on the current political climate in the U.S. "I think people are far more interested in being together than apart," he said. "Even though there may be leadership that promotes separatism. That is in the past. That's going to change."
"Change is in the air," said King, III, who spoke with his wife, Arndrea, and their daughter, Yolanda, by his side. "It's going to happen."
Before leaving, 9-year-old Yolanda led the group in a call to action. "Spread the word. Have you heard. All across the nation. We – are going to be – a great generation," she said.
This year marks the 32nd year that the holiday has been observed. Monday's holiday also falls on what would have been the civil rights leader's birthday. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. He would have turned 89-year-old.