President Barack Obama talks as first lady Michelle Obama, left, and Mable Harvey, 102, right, from Washington, D.C., look on, after a conversation with a small group of African American seniors and their grandchildren on the legacy of the civil rights movement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. Photo AP
The Obama's Day of Service
President Barack Obama served plates of steaming hot lunches to the needy Monday, one of several ways the nation's first black president paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.
Obama held a discussion at the White House with black elders and their grandchildren about the push for racial equality that King led until he was assassinated in 1968. In the evening, the president spoke at the Kennedy Center during a musical celebration of King's legacy, urging the nation to recommit itself to fulfilling King's dream. Courtesy NPR/Associated Press writer Ann Sanner contributed to this report.
President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at the 'Let Freedom Ring' concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. Photo AP
First lady Michelle Obama, center, waves as she is acknowledged at the 'Let Freedom Ring' concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. Sitting with here are from left to right, Senior White House Senior Adviser Valerie B. Jarrett, Marian Robinson, and daughters Sasha and Malia. Photo AP
First lady Michelle Obama serves drinks at So Others Might Eat, a social services organization, in Washington Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. Photo AP
Sasha Obama, 8, daughter of President Barack Obama, grabs a glass to help serve lunch to people at So Others Might Eat, a social services organization, in Washington Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. Photo AP