Africans in the diaspora would on Monday join their counterparts from Haiti, El Salvador and other countries in a rally to protest against US President Donald Trump’s alleged racist remarks.
The rally would also hold in New Jersey, Atlanta, Houston, and across other major US cities.
The organisers of the event urged all people of African descent and others to attend the rally to “reject the denigration President Trump uttered against us”.
The US president reportedly made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump allegedly said after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question.
The protest tagged: ‘Rally against Trump’ at Time Square on Monday, would commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day., which celebrates the death of the civil rights icon.
The Day is a Federal holiday in the U.S. falling on the third Monday of every January and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of King, who was tragically assassinated on April 4, 1968.
“In response to the comments made by President Trump on Thursday about countries including Africa and Haiti, please Join Mayor Bill de Blasio in denouncing Trump at a rally at Time Square on Monday.
“On MLK Day, New York City will take a stand for our sisters and brothers from Haiti, throughout Africa, El Salvador and other nations in the diaspora that have become targets of President Trump’s hatred and bigotry.
“This moment is too critically important for us not to come together.
“Let’s honour Dr King’s birthday by showing the world the progress being made to help achieve his dream,” Famod Konneh, Bronx Borough Director, New York City Office of the Mayor, said.
However, Trump had, while signing the proclamation for King’s Day on Wednesday, said the late civil rights leader “dedicated his life to a vision: that all Americans would live free from injustice and enjoy equal opportunity as children of God”.
“His strong, peaceful, and lifelong crusade against segregation and discrimination brought our Nation closer to the founding ideals set forth in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
“Today, as we come together to honour Dr King, we know that America is stronger, more just, and more free because of his life and work,” Trump said. (NAN)