A photo blog of world events by Sacbee.com Assistant Director of Multimedia Tim Reese.
Subscribe to feed Subscribe to this blog's feed
January 17, 2012
Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. celebrated across the country
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama evoked Martin Luther King Jr.'s own words about public service Monday as Obama and his family celebrated the life of the late civil rights leader with a volunteer project.
The president, along with wife Michelle Obama and daughter Malia, joined other volunteers at Browne Education Center in Washington.
During brief remarks, the president said there was no better way to honor King than to do something on behalf of others. He also acknowledged the controversy surrounding a quote on the new MLK memorial in Washington, which is being changed amid criticism that it did not accurately reflect King's words.
"What he really said was all of us can be a drum major for service, all of us can be a drum major for justice," Obama said. "There is nobody who can't serve, nobody who can't help somebody else."
(27 images)



Belle Chel, 5, left, and Vickey Zhu watch the 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 in Denver. AP / Manuel Martinez


mlk_day_2012_02.jpg
Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr., are inscribed in the wall at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial as it is seen at dusk ahead of its dedication this weekend in Washington. A quote carved in stone on the new Martin Luther King memorial in Washington will be changed after the inscription was criticized for not accurately reflecting the civil rights leader's words. AP / Charles Dharapak



mlk_day_2012_03.jpg
Angelique Marcus of Baltimore, Md. touches a quote on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, before a ceremony to honor his legacy. AP / Evan Vucci



mlk_day_2012_04.jpg
From left, Liza Joy Marcato of Hillsdale, N.Y., Beverly Steed of Washington, and Marcus Knausenberger of Devin, Pa., sing after a ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. AP / Evan Vucci



mlk_day_2012_05.jpg
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet people as they arrive at the Let Freedom Ring Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. AP / Susan Walsh



mlk_day_2012_06.jpg
Ja' Quavia Steward, 13, left, and Jasper Thomas, 15, hold a Martin Luther King Jr. banner as they get ready to walk in the 34th Annual "Original" Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Parade and Celebration Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in Houston. AP / Nick de la Torre



mlk_day_2012_07.jpg
Candi Flora, a historian wearing actual irons from the days of slavery, raises her arms as she rides on a pick up sponsored by the Greater Houston Fair Housing Center during the 34th Annual "Original" Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Parade and Celebration Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in Houston. AP / Nick de la Torre



mlk_day_2012_08.jpg
Candy Thompson yells "We love you and welcome home!" to a group of soldiers participating in the Martin Luther King banner for the 34th Annual "Original" Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Parade and Celebration Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in Houston. AP / Nick de la Torre



mlk_day_2012_09.jpg
Lisa Ward holds up a sign as she participates in the 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 in Denver. AP / Manuel Martinez



mlk_day_2012_10.jpg
Alex Chapman, 15, waits on the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, for the 27th Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in Denver, Colo. AP / Manuel Martinez



mlk_day_2012_11.jpg
Ian Stevenson, 9, of Sacramento, Calif. waits at the Oak Park Community Center to participate in the March for the Dream to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This was his third year marching in the parade. rbyer@sacbee.com / Renee C. Byer



mlk_day_2012_12.jpg
Kaiser Permanente employees, physicians, nurses, staff members and their families honored the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. in Sacramento, Calif. by volunteering their time and service to beautify the Firehouse Community Center in Del Paso Heights. The center's outdoor "playcare" gets new mulch spread by, from left, Scott Fishman with his children Lucas, 9 and Elsa, 7 and Grant Dizon age 11. Fishman's wife is a physician at Kaiser. mcrisostomo@sacbee.com / Manny Crisostomo



mlk_day_2012_13.jpg
Jasmin Ventura, of Santa Ana, pauses before painting her next stroke as she joins about 200 volunteers who painted a mural on a Santa Ana, Calif. wall in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. Community volunteers joined together creating an artpiece entitled, "I Have A Dream." The 45-foot long wall is located near Raitt St. at Richland Avenue in Santa Ana. AP / H. Lorren Au Jr.



mlk_day_2012_14.jpg
Politicians, family members of Martin Luther King Jr., and others sing "We Shall Overcome" during a service commemorating the late civil rights leader, held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Mon., Jan. 16, 2012, in Atlanta. AP / John Amis



mlk_day_2012_15.jpg
Ellen Ochoa Middle School students Corey Brown, right, and his brother Marcel place roses Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash., during the 21st annual bell-ringing ceremony. AP / Richard Dickin



mlk_day_2012_16.jpg
Leon Smith holds a framed picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. as he blocks traffic while the annual MLK Day parade makes its way down Second Street in Memphis, Tenn. Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. Hundreds gathered at Auction and Main street to start the parade that got larger as bystanders joined in while the crowd made their way to the National Civil Rights Museum. AP / Mike Brown



mlk_day_2012_17.jpg
Marchers parade down Second Street during the annual Martin Luther King Day parade through downtown Memphis, Tenn. Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. AP / Mike Brown



mlk_day_2012_18.jpg
Aujahnae Theus, 9, left, and Akiya Pollard, 9, watch the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. Thousands of people line the parade route to watch the 30th annual parade in honor of the slain civil rights leader. AP / Jeff Scheid



mlk_day_2012_19.jpg
A group tries to stay warm prior to the start of the annual King Day at the Dome rally at the State House in Columbia, S.C., Monday, January 16, 2012. The event featured a service at Zion Baptist Church and a march down Main Street towards the capitol. MCT / Gerry Melendez



mlk_day_2012_20.jpg
Jalia Dozier, left, and Jordan Williams, dances to music prior to the start of the annual King Day at the Dome rally at the State House, Monday, January 16, 2012 in Columbia, S.C. MCT / Gerry Melendez



mlk_day_2012_21.jpg
Andrew Boudreaux, 10, leads the procession of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, January 16, 2012. Thousands of area residents took part in celebrations, prayer breakfasts and service project to celebrate the birthday of the late civil rights leader. MCT / Takaaki Iwabu



mlk_day_2012_22.jpg
The Rev. Doris Sanders, from left, Cherrod Kornegy, 9, Imani Manning, 17, and Kris Graham, 17, line up for the annual Martin Luther King Memorial March in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, January 16, 2012. MCT / Takaaki Iwabu



mlk_day_2012_23.jpg
Hundreds of people march down Fayetteville Street in Raliegh, N.C. during the annual Martin Luther King Memorial March on Monday. ZUMA24.com / Takaaki Iwabu



mlk_day_2012_24.jpg
Gwen Downie of First Zion Missionary Baptist Church and the Deerfield Beach High School marching band participate in the city's 36th annual Martin Luther King Freedom March and Parade in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Monday, January 16, 2012. MCT / Susan Stocker



mlk_day_2012_25.jpg
Zakyyah Engram, 11, carries a photo of Dr. King during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade through downtown Jacksonville, Fla., Monday Jan. 16, 2012. AP / Kelly Jordan



mlk_day_2012_26.jpg
A member of the Black Cowboys rides his horse carrying the American Flag during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade through downtown Jacksonville, Fla., Monday Jan. 16, 2012. AP / Kelly Jordan



mlk_day_2012_27.jpg
With an image of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a backdrop, performers join hands as they sing "We Shall Overcome" during the 26th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday Jan. 16, 2012 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the Brooklyn borough of New York. AP / Tina Fineberg



About Comments

Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com

Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at feedback@sacbee.com. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to feedback@sacbee.com. Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from sacbee.com. While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on sacbee.com and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.