Obama meets with faith group leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has met with leaders of faith organizations and civil rights activists at the White House to discuss the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On the agenda was how current issues of voting rights, education, unemployment and health care are linked to the 1960s fight for civil rights and equality.

Monday's meeting was one of several events this week that Obama is devoting to the anniversary observance.

On Tuesday Obama will hold a White House reception in honor of the march. On Wednesday, Obama will deliver a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the site where 250,000 people congregated in 1963 to hear civil rights leaders speak and where Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Pot Machines
    Marijuana vending machines might be coming to Washington state
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know a student who stands out in the classroom, school and community?
Help make their dreams come true by nominating them for a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to earn a $10,000 Grand Prize. Brought to you by KIRO Radio and Comprehensive Wealth Management.

Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.