Biden inauguration: Trump expected to issue flurry of pardons before leaving office – live

12.30pm GMT

A reminder from Bernice King on this 18 January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Please don’t act like everyone loved my father. He was assassinated. A 1967 poll reflected that he was one of the most hated men in America. Most hated. Many who quote him now and evoke him to deter justice today would likely hate, and may already hate, the authentic King. #MLK pic.twitter.com/yGdQXL5MJ3

12.26pm GMT

Michael Warren at Associated Press reports on a new initiative launched today – a $40 million scholarship program from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. It is intended to support a new generation of civil rights lawyers, dedicated to pursuing racial justice across the South.

With the gift from a single anonymous donor, the fund plans to put 50 students through law schools around the country. In return, they must commit to eight years of racial justice work in the South, starting with a two-year post-graduate fellowship in a civil rights organization.

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Source: The Guardian
Biden inauguration: Trump expected to issue flurry of pardons before leaving office – live