First family continues tradition of service on King holiday
President Obama and the first family spent part of the King holiday painting images of fresh fruit on the cafeteria pillars of the Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Northeast Washington to remind the country that King's legacy went far beyond calling for social justice.
"Dr. King obviously had a dream of justice and equality in our society, but he also had a dream of service, that you could be a drum major for service, that you could lead by giving back to our communities."
On the eve of his inauguration and for the past two years, Obama and his family have spent the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday involved in service projects. "This is how we celebrate, is making sure that we're giving a little something back to the community."
While rendering acts of service has become a family tradition for the president, the event also helped his family get through a week where he and first lady Michelle Obama traveled to Tucson to help honor the families of the mass shooting.
"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," the president said. "This kind of service project is what's best in us, and we're thrilled with everybody who is participating."
On Sunday, the president and his family attended services at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, and unlike last year, when he delivered a five-page speech at another D.C. church, he remained quietly in the pews and listened with his family.
Hamil R. Harris
| January 17, 2011; 5:46 PM ET
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