WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama plans to use Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leaders as well as pushing Americans to support their communities through volunteerism.
On Monday, Obama will host a chat with a small group of African-American seniors and their grandchildren and in the evening will attend the "Let Freedom Ring" concert at the Kennedy Center with his wife.
Both he and first lady Michelle Obama have spoken in depth about community service. Since being elected have planted trees, helped pack backpacks for the military and passed out Thanksgiving meals at a food pantry.
At a church event near the White House Sunday, Obama said that he, like King, learned to rely on his faith even as he felt the "sting of criticism."