WASHINGTON — 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.