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Only black U.S. senator excluded from MLK anniversary celebration?

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announces Rep. Tim Scott as Sen. Jim DeMint's replacement in the Senate during a news conference at the South Carolina Statehouse, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. , making him the only black Republican in Congress and the South's first black Republican senator since Reconstruction. (AP)

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Via Red Alert Politics:

Noticeably absent from the speaker line-up at the Let Freedom Ring event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington today: the nation’s only black Senator, Tim Scott.

Scott... was not invited to participate in the historic event, a spokesperson for the Senator confirmed to Red Alert Politics in an email.

African-American leaders who did receive an invitation to speak at included Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) – who participated in the original March – Martin Luther King III, MSNBC host Al Sharpton and movie stars Jamie Foxx, Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker.

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