The National Black Republican Association is promoting its nationwide educational campaign by erecting a billboard announcing “Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican.”
The billboard stands in Orangeburg, S.C., near an Interstate 26 exit that has a daily traffic count of 60,000 vehicles.
“The billboard is located at a busy intersection … and it is attracting a lot of attention,” said NBRA Chairman Frances Rice in a statement. “We welcome the opportunity to explain why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican.
“Of interest is the fact that Orangeburg is the hometown of black Democrat Jim Clyburn who is the majority whip for the U.S. House of Representatives. We hope he appreciates our informing his black constituents about their civil rights history.”
The NBRA states on its Web site: “It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks.
“And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S's: Slavery, Secession, Segregation and now Socialism.”
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