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Obama marks Martin Luther King Day

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Obama marks Martin Luther King Day


It’s his final pre-inauguration day and Barak Obama has been attending community projects in Washington in memory of Dr Martin Luther King who was assassinated in 1968.

The president-elect has urged people to honour Dr King’s legacy by volunteering for community service. This was the first of several carefully choreographed events, designed to show him as humble man of the people, serving the people, living his dream. It’s a quirk of historical fate that Martin Luther King Day should fall the day before Obama is sworn in. For millions of black people, especially in the America’s southern states, Obama’s inauguration is seen as a fulfilment of Dr King’s aspirations. Washington has been awash with symbolism. Yesterday at the Lincoln Memorial on the same steps as Dr King made his iconic dream speech Obama told hundreds of thousands “the dream of our founders will live on in our time”. He added: ‘There is no doubt our road will be long. That our climb will be steep. But never forget the true character of our nation is revealed not during times of comfort and ease, but by the right we do when the moment is hard.’ Singer Stevie Wonder led a galaxy of show business stars and other musical giants like Bruce Springsteen, as America gears up for tomorrow’s historic inauguration Washington is braced for unprecedented crowds. More than two million are thought to be converging on the capital to pay homage to America’s first black president and bear witness to the turning of a page in US history

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