President Obama, First Lady Michelle, Malia and Sasha made a rare visit to church on Sunday, heading to Zion Baptist in Washington--a congregation founded in 1864 by African-Americans-- the day before the nation celebrates the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. At the service, a deacon read from Rev. King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
The Obama administration--and the Obama re-elect campaign--are focusing activities on MLK Day. The campaign is asking for supporters to take part in service projects--which is also a way to help organize the troops for the November election.
Obama cabinet and top officials are fanning out to mark MLK Day: Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett keynoted on Sunday at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga.
On Monday, in Chicago, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack will speak to Rainbow PUSH to, according to the White House, "highlight USDA advancements on Civil Rights and the Obama administration's settlement of the Pigford lawsuit."
And more, all below according to the White House.....
On Monday, the First Family will participate in a community service project in the Washington, DC area in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and in honor of Dr. King's life and legacy. In the evening, the President and First Lady will attend a concert in honor of Martin Luther King at the Kennedy Center
Also on Monday, the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to participate in the 17th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, the largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in the nation. At 9:00 AM, the Vice President will deliver remarks at Girard College in North Philadelphia. Following the remarks program, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will participate in a service project onsite at Girard College.
DOJ: Attorney General Holder spoke at the Annual Utah Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Luncheon. On January 16, the Attorney General Holder will speak at the NAACP's Martin Luther King Day event in Columbia, SC. On January 30, he will attend the Department of Justice's 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program.
Commerce: Secretary Bryson will travel to Los Angeles to participate in a community service event with Mayor Villaraigosa. The Secretary will also tour a minority-owned small business.
Energy: Secretary Chu will host an event at the Department of Energy to commemorate life and legacy of Dr. King. Secretary Chu will be joined by C.T. Vivian, Vice President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Lynn Cothern, former aide to Coretta Scott King.
Labor: Secretary Solis will deliver remarks and accept an award at the "At the River I Stand" , the AFL-CIO's Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance dinner in Detroit, MI.
VA: Secretary Shinseki will volunteer at So Others Might Eat in Washington, D.C., serving food to the homeless for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Education: Secretary Duncan will deliver the keynote address for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. On January 16, Secretary Duncan and his family will join the City Year service day at Dunbar High School.
Defense: Secretary Panetta will participate in the annual commemoration of MLK Day at the Pentagon.
EPA: Administrator Jackson is scheduled to give remarks at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Prayer Breakfast hosted by the National Action Network in Washington, D.C.
USUN: Ambassador Rice will participate in a service event to benefit Kenilworth Elementary in Washington, D.C.
NASA: Administrator Bolden to speak at 44th Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
USAID: USAID Administrator Shah will participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library's 25th annual "We Feed Our People" event in Washington, D.C.
OPM: Director of the Office of Personnel Management John Berry will deliver remarks and participate in a service project at "Hope and a Home" in Washington, DC.
Transportation: Deputy Secretary Porcari will commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day at the Tyler Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Volunteers will contribute to the beautification of the school by painting slogans, murals, math equations to help lead the MLK reflection activity.
CNCS: CNCS senior staff will be serving around Washington, D.C. in honor of King Day with: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Region; Serve DC, We Feed Our People, a signature event serves hundreds of homeless District residents with a hot meals and warm clothing; Montgomery County Volunteer Center in Bethesda; and City Year in Washington, D.C., to revitalize Dunbar High School. AmeriCorps Director John Gomperts will participate in a service event in Washington, DC at Dunbar High School