Today I was introduced to the National Black Republican Association. I was very surprised and pleased. I knew that the Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln and the driving force behind the Civil Rights Movement. Yet the African American Community as a whole appears to be in the dark about the facts relating to the Democrat Party. I was pleased to learn that Martin Luther King was a Republican and so were the early abolitionists. I don't understand what has happened. Why is the Democrat Party viewed as the party for African Americans when it was the Democrats that were fighting Dr King and the other protesters during the Civil Rights movement. All throughout our history the Democrats have been keeping the African Americans down. It was the Democrats who founded the Ku Klux Klan. It was the Democrats that shut down Civil Rights legislation time and time again.