Biden repeats questionable claim he frequented Black church during civil rights movement
In his remarks celebrating the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., President Biden repeated the questionable claim that he frequented a Black church during the civil rights movement.
Biden gave a speech at King’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta Sunday on what would have been the slain civil rights icon’s 94th birthday. The president opened his remarks by repeating a claim – connecting himself to the civil rights movement – that has been disputed repeatedly in the past.
“Let’s lay one thing to rest. I may be a practicing Catholic, but used to go to 7:30 Mass every morning in high school and then in college, before I went to the Black church,” Biden said. “Not a joke. Andy knows this.”
“Andy, it’s so great to see you, man,” the president continued, addressing former U.N. Ambassador and former Southern Christian Leadership Conference executive director Andrew Young. “You’re one of the greatest we’ve ever had. Andy and I took on apartheid in South Africa and a whole lot else. They didn’t want to see him coming. But we used to – that’s when we would organize to march and to desegregate the city.”
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