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First family, others marking MLK day

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama and his family will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

The first family plans to take part in a community service project at the Browne Education Campus in Washington to honor the memory of the slain civil rights leader.

Later, President and first lady Michele Obama will travel to the Kennedy Center for the Let Freedom Ring celebration in honor of King.

Monday also marks the first King holiday where visitors can celebrate King at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which was dedicated last year.

The new memorial, which opened in August, celebrates the ideals King espoused. Quotations from his speeches and writings conjure memories of his message, and a 30-foot-tall sculpture depicts King emerging as a "stone of hope" from a "mountain of despair," a design inspired by a line of his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

 

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