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Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

President and Mrs. Obama along with several administration staff members participated in several MLK, Jr. community service projects around the country.

The First Family participated in a service event at Stuart Hobson Middle School earlier this morning while the Vice President and  Dr. Biden are participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Wilmington, DE. 

"This is just an outstanding program, an example of what Martin Luther King’s birthday should be all about", said President Obama. 

"Michelle and I the girls are extraordinarily proud that each year on Martin Luther King’s birthday this is how we celebrate, is making sure that we're giving a little something back to the community.  And I hope that all the projects that are taking place all across the country on this day are getting similar attention, because this is part of what America is all about.  And after a painful week where so many of us were focused on tragedy, it’s good for us to remind ourselves what this country is all about.  This kind of service project is what’s best in us and we're thrilled with everybody who is participating."

Other officials helped celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday as well:

Secretary Steven Chu hosted a Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration in the auditorium at the Department of Energy; Ambassador Ron Kirk delivered remarks at a Martin Luther King Jr., reception at the World Bank; Secretary Hilda L. Solis participated in the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s Martin Luther King Day Parade in Los Angeles, California.  

President Obama paints at Stuart Hobson Middle School.
On Sunday Secretary Arne Duncan was the keynote speaker at a breakfast with Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network at Kramer Middle School, 1700 Q Street, SE, DC. 

Also on Sunday, White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes joined hundreds of George Washington University Students where she participated in school beautification projects at five D.C. public schools.   Barnes delivered remarks on Dr. King’s legacy and the importance of service as a solution to our nation’s toughest challenges.  

On a separate note, Mrs. Obama celebrates her 47th birthday today.  She was greeted by students and staff with a rendition of  "Happy Birthday".

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