GOP leader displays photo of Dr. King

Associated Press


Visitors to the office of Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennett over the years have been greeted by a somewhat ironic image.

It’s a photograph of Bennett in October 1967 with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

They were at Lancer’s Steakhouse in Cleveland with a group of black business and political leaders.

Bennett says when King was assassinated less than six months later, their meeting sealed his belief in nonviolent political change. The chairman says displaying the photo reminds him of the need for mutual respect.

in politics and continuing to strive for racial diversity in public office.

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