Obama celebrates Black History Month
27 February 2015, 11:38
Washington - President Barack Obama is
celebrating what he calls the central role that African Americans have played
in every aspect of American life.
The first African-American president was
joined by his wife Michelle as they hosted a White House reception on Thursday
for Black History Month.
Obama said his family, including daughters
Sasha and Malia will visit Selma, Alabama next week to honour the 50th anniversary
of historic civil rights marches across the state.
He said the trip will also note the
upcoming 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act.
The Black History Month celebration fell on
the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death.
Obama thanked Martin's parents for
attending, and said part of a parent's task is to show all kids "every
single day that their lives matter”.