The Salina Journal* Sunday, January 19,1986 Page 10 Reagan: Blacks share in economy King By The Associated Press President Reagan, looking forward to Monday's federal holiday in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., contended Saturday that blacks have "shared widely" in the economic expansion during his administration, but a Democratic congressman said blacks are worse off. The Ku Klux Klan, meanwhile, returned to its birthplace to march in protest of the holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. "The answer to the question, 'How are blacks doing in America?" is better than ever before, but not good enough," Reagan said in his weekly radio address.. "If .we continue to allow the economy to expand and continue to work for a more perfect society, then people of all color will prosper, and isn't that what Dr. King's dream and the American dream are all about?" the president said. Coretta King battles for for equality ATLANTA (AP) — When Martin Luther King Jr. stood in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963, he preached to a crowd of more than 250,000 about his dream of equality and brotherhood. Since his assassination in 1968, Coretta Scott King has tried to make her husband's dream a reality, although she has rarely known the support of such a clear constituency. Two days after her husband's funeral, she began planning the $15 million Martin Luther King Jr. Center For Nonviolent Social Change. The King Center, located next to Ebenezer Baptist Church, which was led by King and his father, is a memorial and an institution that seeks to continue the civil rights leader's work through a diverse slate of programs. As its president and chief executive officer, King, 58, is known for 18-hour days in her single-minded quest to right the world's wrongs as she perceives them. "Coretta has been very supportive of those causes of peace and justice that Martin advocated," said Mayor Andrew Young, a King Center board member. "I also think Martin would tell her to get some rest . ' ' "She not only married my father, she married his vision," said Yolanda King, 30, eldest of King's four children. "It became such a part of her life that she knows nothing else, really. She never relaxes." That inner tension has led to criticism by some that King is aloof. King draws no salary from the center, but supports herself with lecture fees and royalties from her In the Democratic response, Rep. William Gray of Pennsylvania said blacks had fallen back in five years of Reagan's administration. "We are producing fewer jobs in the first five years of your administration than in the previous one. Thus black adult unemployment stands at 15.6 percent today when in 1978 it was 12.3 percent. Black family median income is 56 percent of white family income," Gray said. "Thirty-two percent of black families lived in poverty in 1980. Today 42 percent of black families live in poverty." Reagan quoted King in support of the president's opposition to racial quotas to atone for past discrimination. "We are committed to a society in which all men and women have equal opportunities to succeed, and so we oppose the use of quotas," Reagan said. "We want a color-blind society. A society, that in the words of Dr. King, judges people not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Reagan's Cabinet has been debating changes in a 1965 executive order and barring the Labor Department from using goals and timetables in pushing federal contractors to hire more minorities and women. At several appearances, this week marking King's Jan. 15 birthday and the federal holiday on Monday honoring him, Reagan has either refused to comment on the dispute or said it had not reached his desk. In Pulaski, Tenn., members of the Grand Knights of the Ku Klux Klan cheered angry speeches in a city park before marching in protest against the federal holiday. "They praiseT.. Klng~more than they do any king or queen," said James R. Venable, who spoke to about 75 people at the three-hour rally. Venable, 81, of Stone Mountain, Ga., said he had been a Klan member since 1923. The original Ku Klux Klan was formed in Pulaski on Dec. 24,1865, by community leaders who feared losing control of local government to former slaves and Northerners ***************** Mid America Inn Restaurant "SUPER SUNDAY SPECIAL" 2 piece Fried Chicken Dinner, choice of potato, tossed salad, roll and FREE SUNDAE (Make your own). '2.95 5p.m. 'till 10 p.m. "1842 N. 9th Salina, KS •Think Security THE LONGER THE TERM THE MORE YOU EARN YIELD RATE TERM (MONTHS) 9.576% 9.469% 9.202% 8.775% 8.349% ... 9.965% 9.25% 9.15% 8.90% 8.50% 8.10% 8.00% 9.50% eo mo. 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King was shot to death in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, as he was preparing to lead a civil rights march on behalf of the city's black sanitation workers. King said she had just returned from shopping in downtown Atlanta for Easter dresses with Yolanda when King aide Jesse Jackson called to tell her about the shooting. "She told me that Daddy wouldn't be coming back, but that his spirit was very much alive," recalled Yolanda King. "I remember telling her that she was such a strong lady and that I was so proud of her. And I said, 'Because you're not going to cry, I'm not going to cry.' And the whole time I'm crying." But King allowed herself few tears. "Martin ... was happy doing what he did, and each time I thought about him at the time of his death, I said, 'He's happy. Why am I upset? I'm feeling sorry for me.' " King's 28-year-old son, Martin III, lives with her in the family home. But Yolanda King thinks her mother needs more. 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