Trump's comments cloud King celebration in Midtown

Cymbals clashed, drums pounded and trumpets blasted in the chilly morning air Saturday as hundreds of children marched through Midtown in the 12th Annual MLK Youth Parade. Dozens of dancers, musicians and cheerleaders performed, as politicos, proud parents and Houstonians lined the streets to enjoy the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. Yet, one dissonant chord reverberated uncomfortably through the tribute to the slain civil rights leader: Recent reports that President Donald Trump disparaged African nations by calling them "shitholes." Even the youngest of the paradegoers rejected the remark, which they said rang counter to King's legacy and represented a step backward in a decadeslong struggle for racial equality.