WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is celebrating what he calls “the central role that African Americans have played in every aspect of American life.”
Obama was joined by his wife Michelle as they hosted a White House reception Thursday for Black History Month.
The president said his family, including daughters Sasha and Malia will visit Selma, Alabama next week to honor the 50th anniversary of historic civil rights marches across the state. He said the trip will also note the upcoming 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act.
Obama said the visit is to pay tribute to civil rights legends who participated in the march like Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis — now a congressman from Georgia — as well as “countless American heroes whose names aren’t in the history books, that aren’t etched on marble somewhere— ordinary men and women.”
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