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January 14, 2004

BUSH NOT REAL WELCOME TO HONOR KING

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Bush's King visit scorned
By CHARLES YOO | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

President Bush's visit on Thursday to observe what would have been the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 75th birthday isn't sitting well with area tribute organizers.

They say Bush invited himself to their party and will potentially force the cancellation of some events due to security concerns. What's more, they say, Bush will profit from a fund-raiser he will piggyback with his visit to Atlanta.

About 3:45 p.m., the president will lay a wreath at the late civil rights leader's crypt at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. The president announced his visit on Friday.

But the MLK March Committee, a group of area civil rights activists who worked with King, say they have worked for months on a program to honor the civil rights leader at Ebenezer Baptist Church, across the street.

"They told us that the Secret Service wanted us out of there by 2 p.m.," said the Rev. James Orange. "We are not leaving the church." The Ebenezer program from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. focuses on human rights.

A White House spokesman said the president's visit has been well-communicated with the King Center.

"The president is looking forward to visiting members of the King family and paying respects at the King Center to honor the important legacy of Dr. King," said spokesman Taylor Gross.

A spokesman for the King Center, Robert Vickers, said Bush called the center to say he would be in Atlanta and wanted to lay a wreath.

"Every president has laid a wreath, outside of Ronald Reagan," Vickers said. "So it wasn't a formal invitation by the King Center, just like none of the other ones are."

The nonprofit King Center is governed by a board of directors.

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) said Bush's planners should have given the visit more thought.

"He has the right to come, but there should have been some consideration on what's going on locally," said Brooks. "That's quite insulting. This is not the appropriate way to honor Dr. King."
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