In this Jan. 16, 2017 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with Martin Luther King III, son of Martin Luther King Jr. at Trump Tower in New York.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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The first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday of Donald Trump's presidency is taking place amid a racial firestorm of Trump's own making.Trump has denied being racist, labeling himself the "least racist person there is" during his 2016 campaign. Some of his actions leading up to this year's federal holiday honoring King's birth seemed to be an attempt to live up to that.By week's end, Trump was signing a King holiday proclamation with the martyred activist's nephew at his side.This is the type of thing, activists, religious leaders and scholars say, that puts Trump's presidency in direct conflict with the legacy of King, who was assassinated April 4, 1968 while trying to make America a more inclusive society.Much of Trump's first year as president has been marked by racial controversy.King's son, Martin Luther King III, met with Trump on the last King holiday, four days before Trump took office.
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