Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy lives on Monday with special events across the nation, from parades to church tributes to youth-led service projects on the federal holiday to remember the civil rights crusader.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to take part in a community service event in the Washington, D.C.-area, although White House officials didn’t immediately provide details.
Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, was set to speak at a breakfast hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in Washington.
King, born Jan. 15, 1929, would have turned 85 this month. A federal holiday is held in his honor every third Monday in January.
In Atlanta, a service was planned at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was pastor. In Memphis, Tenn., where King was assassinated in 1968, an audio recording of an interview with King will be played at the National Civil Rights Museum.
The recording sheds new light on a phone call President John F. Kennedy made to King’s wife more than 50 years ago.
Historians generally agree Kennedy’s phone call to Coretta Scott King expressing concern over her husband’s arrest in October 1960 — and Robert Kennedy’s work behind the scenes to get King released — helped JFK win the White House.
King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated four years later.
In Ann Arbor, Mich., activist and entertainer Harry Belafonte planned to deliver the keynote address for the 28th annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium on Monday at the University of Michigan.