Obama to keynote Black Caucus Foundation dinner

by Darlene Superville
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(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is set to deliver the keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner Saturday night in Washington.

The dinner is paying tribute to the “Spirit of 1963″ and advances that the March on Washington, led by Martin Luther King Jr., ushered in for black Americans.

Those achievements include voting rights, school desegregation and Obama’s history-making election in 2008 as America’s first black president.

Obama spoke at the Lincoln Memorial last month during a 50th anniversary commemoration of the march, paying homage to unsung heroes of the civil rights movement.

He’s expected to deliver similar remarks Saturday night.
The president also is expected to highlight what the administration says are benefits for blacks and other minorities under Obama’s health care law.

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