Obama on MLK and Change

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will spend much of Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrating the civil rights leader's life and legacy.

Following a Monday morning meeting with senior advisers, the president and first lady Michelle Obama will participate in a public-service event. Later at the White House, Obama will host a conversation with a small group of African American seniors and their grandchildren on the legacy of the civil rights movement.

In the evening, the president and Mrs. Obama plan to attend the "Let Freedom Ring" concert at the Kennedy Center. The concert features nationally renowned artists and choir members from Washington area churches.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Obama is mixing lessons from the work Martin Luther King Jr. with reminders that those pushing for change must take heart and recognize progress when it comes. The president stood in the pulpit of Washington's Vermont Avenue Baptist Church on Sunday, ahead of Monday's federal holiday marking King's birthday.

Calling King and those who fought for civil rights the "Moses generation," Obama urged his audience to "get back to basics" as Americans face the challenges of a new age. King himself spoke in 1956 at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, near the White House. Freed slaves founded the church the year after the Civil War.


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