Dr. King’s Conservative Niece Headlining a Series of Juneteenth Events in Md.

    The niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is spending Saturday in Maryland, where she’ll appear at a series of Juneteenth celebrations – including an awards dinner at the official African-American museum of the state of Maryland.

    Dr. Alveda King is a politically conservative civil rights activist who endorsed President Trump in 2016. Trump last year appointed her to serve as a commissioner of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Committee.

    King is an opponent of abortion rights and same-sex marriage who appears regularly as a Fox News commentator.

    The Maryland Republican Party announced this week that it is serving as a co-host for King’s “Maryland Freedom Tour,” along with the Douglass Leadership Institute, a Greenbelt-based education and policy organization whose “ philosophy is based upon the sanctity of human life, the promotion of free market principles, and limited government.”

    King has a full day of events scheduled Saturday, starting with a tour of Art With a Heart, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that works to bring art to the city’s children. From there she’ll participate in a women’s entrepreneurship event at Morgan State University. Then she’ll attend a Juneteenth sermon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Bel Air.

    In the late afternoon, King will read to children at the Alex Haley Memorial at City Dock in Annapolis. Then she’ll move on to the Douglass Leadership Institute dinner at the Banneker Douglass Museum in Annapolis, which the state owns. Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford (R) is due to pick up an award at the dinner.

    “Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the
    United States,” Maryland GOP Chair Dirk Haire said in a statement. “The Maryland Republican Party is proud to support the celebration of both Juneteenth and the Douglass Leadership Institute’s community initiatives that promote free-market principles and limited government.”

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