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US Trump designates MLK historic site a national park

04:20  10 january  2018
04:20  10 january  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Historic Site in Georgia a national historic park on Monday. A week shy of the annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, King's birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and King's burial site have all been upgraded from a national historic site to a national historic park .

Historic Site in Georgia a national historic park on Monday. A week shy of the annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, King's birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and King's burial site have all been upgraded from a national historic site to a national historic park .

Image: President Donald J. Trump signs the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park ActPresident Donald J. Trump, with Alveda King, center, niece of slain Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and joined by Isaac Newton Farris Jr., left, nephew of Dr. King, and Bruce Levell of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, right, signs the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park Act, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, aboard Air Force One, in Atlanta. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: President Donald J. Trump signs the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park ActPresident Donald J. Trump, with Alveda King, center, niece of slain Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and joined by Isaac Newton Farris Jr., left, nephew of Dr. King, and Bruce Levell of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, right, signs the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park Act, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, aboard Air Force One, in Atlanta.

A week shy of the annual observance of Martin Luther King Day, King's birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and King's burial site have all been upgraded from a national historic site to a national historic park.

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National Historic Site in Atlanta's Sweet Auburn District as the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Park . "On Nov. 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation making the third Monday of January a National holiday in honor of our father's legacy.

The national historical site in Atlanta already includes King's birthplace, the church where he was baptized, and his burial place. The legislation Trump signed Monday upgrades the designation to a national historical park , and expands the boundaries to include the Prince Hall Masonic Temple.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump Monday aboard Air Force One, is the highest designation within the National Park Service. Trump said in a Tweet Tuesday it was "my great honor" to sign the bill.

Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis, sponsored the bill and said he is "so proud that we were able to work in a bipartisan, bicameral manner" to establish Georgia's first National Historical Park ahead of King's birthday and the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

"I hope that this moment will serve as a reminder of the constant work to realize Dr. King's dream of building the Beloved Community -- a community at peace with itself and our neighbors," Lewis said in a statement.

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Historic Site in Georgia a national historic park on Monday. A week shy of the annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, King’s birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and King’s burial site have all been upgraded from a national historic site to a national historic park .

Trump Makes MLK Historic Site Historic National Park (Photos). Author: Selena Darlim. Publish date: Jan 9, 2018. President Donald Trump signed a bill that upgraded the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia to a national historic park .

NBC News reached out to Bernice King and the King Center for comment but has not received a response.

Image: The home where Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was born in the historic Sweet Auburn historic district in AtlantaThe home where Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was born in the historic Sweet Auburn historic district in Atlanta. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: The home where Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was born in the historic Sweet Auburn historic district in AtlantaThe home where Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was born in the historic Sweet Auburn historic district in Atlanta.

The law also includes Prince Hall Masonic Temple. According to Lewis, the Temple donated land to the National Park Service in an effort to ensure King's story and the legacy of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) could continue being told to future generations.

The Temple served as the initial headquarters of the SCLC, which King co-founded in 1957. Lewis, who marched with King during the Civil Rights Movement, represents the 5th Congressional district, which includes the King Historic site. Congress initially established the site in the fall of 1980.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace becomes national historic park

  Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace becomes national historic park President Trump on Monday signed a measure redesignating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace as a National Historical Park. The president signed the measure, introduced by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), another icon of the civil rights movement, aboard Air Force One after arriving in Marietta, Ga. to attend the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

President Trump signed into law a bill that upgrades the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr. into a national historic park . One thing he could do, if he’s so pro- MLK , (and if you believe he’s sincere about making a national park with the name of one of the most respected civil rights activists in

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While the law changes the designation of the site to a park, the benefits of the designation are significant, said Lewis last March in a release. Not only does it create the first national historic park in the state of Georgia, but it also improves "the way the National Park Service preserves, shares, and presents the history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

"For many years, I worked with my congressional colleagues and the National Park Service to preserve these Atlanta landmarks and to enhance visitor experiences and services," Lewis said. "In addition, the National Park Service wanted to improve the presentation of the historic landmarks, which are integral to Dr. King's legacy and Atlanta's role in the American Civil Rights Movement. These changes required an Act of Congress."

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