White House Visit – January 2010

Published on 01 September 2010 by in America in the King Years, General


On MLK Day, January 18, President Obama and his wife Michelle invited me to join them in the Roosevelt Room for a small group discussion of the 1963 March on Washington. Most of the dozen other people there were elderly veterans of that event, including one couple who were both over 100 years old. Dorothy Height, who has since died to widespread notice for her long career in civil rights, was the only public figure among my fellow guests. Most of them told stories about the March and how it has affected their lives since. Both Obamas asked many questions, saying they wanted to hear stories inasmuch as they had been far too young to experience the March themselves.

I will respect their request for privacy about the discussions, but following are some links to news stories with general comments. Below are President Obama’s remarks:

Obama on Martin Luther King Day, 2008 photo gallery of his visit to King Atlanta church, gravesite (SunTimes Media)

Marking King Day, From Oval Office to Soup Kitchen (New York Times)

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