Sen. Tim Kaine paid homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday morning by discussing the civil rights leader with students of Gloucester High School social studies teacher Dianne Carter De Mayo. Included among the students attending virtually were several members of the school’s W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society.
Speaking from his home on the Zoom platform, Virginia’s junior senator talked about the impact King had on his life and on the nation as a whole. But he didn’t stop there. He went on to talk about civil rights in general, including about local civil rights figure Irene Morgan, and to respond to questions from students about current events, including the recent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Born in 1958, Kaine said he grew up in an all-white neighborhood in Missouri, but still some of his earliest memories were connected to civil rights issues. He recalled coming home from kindergarten to find his mother crying because President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.
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