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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

MLK remembered days before Trump's inauguration

Jan 16, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- In Columbus, there was a show of solidarity on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
During a march, participants chanted, "They go low, we go high. They go low, we go high."
The march around East High School was diverse: young and old, white and black.
The focus is on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the progress made since his death.
“We're not going to let folks erode the progress that we've made,” said State Representative Hearcel Craig with a commitment to not go back. "Dr. King's dream has to be realized in the lives of families and children right now more than ever."
On the same week King is remembered, Donald Trump will take the oath as the country's 45th president. Miicah Coleman is 15 years old. Barack Obama is the only one he's known.
"I feel like the progress is going to be like eroded because a lot of the stuff he talked about in his campaign was very hateful," he said.
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty says her office is receiving calls about the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
"Not only should the constituents be up in arms, the leaders. You cannot repeal, you cannot throw it out and not have a plan immediately to replace it."
The concern is even more real for others like Mushtaq Dualeh.
"Especially as a black Muslim American woman, I think that it brings a lot of concern to me, but I think the important thing is we're American people. We need to stand together."
Unity is a message Gene Taylor supports as he chooses to be optimistic.
"[We've] got to stand behind the guy to be truthful because that's our president."
The President-elect turned to Twitter to honor the slain civil rights leader saying.
“Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and all of the many wonderful things that he stood for. Honor him for being the great man that he was!”
Several Democratic members of Congress have said they will skip Trump’s inauguration, but Congresswoman Beatty says at the moment she plans to attend and remind the future president of the voices of people in central Ohio.

This article first appeared on ABC6's website on January 16, 2017.