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Obamas Attend 'Let Freedom Ring' Tribute To MLK (PHOTOS)

Let Freedom Ring Tribute

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/16/2012 10:43 pm Updated: 01/16/2012 10:43 pm

WASHINGTON -- On Monday evening, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended a musical program celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Let Freedom Ring Celebration, hosted by the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University, featured vocalist Bobby McFerrin and included the Let Freedom Ring Choir.

Politico reports that during the program, Rev. Nolan Williams Jr., music director for the Let Freedom Ring Choir, made a campaign suggestion for the president:

At one point during the musical tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, The Rev. Nolan Williams, Jr., music director for Let Freedom Ring, told the story of the 1961 "Freedom Riders" who rode interstate buses to make their point that it was illegal to discriminate in public transportation. The riders were arrested when they crossed into Mississippi and confined behind bars in Jackson, Miss., where they sang "Buses Are A-coming" to taunt their jailers. The Rev. Williams suggested to the president that this song might be tweaked into a good campaign slogan, as in "Buses Are Still A-coming."

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Rev. Al Sharpton were also in attendance.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to guests as they arrive in their box at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to attend the Let Freedom Ring Celebration on January 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. The muiscal celebration is in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and features singer Bobby McFerrin. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

RELATED VIDEO: The Chicago Freedom Singers Sing Buses Are A-coming at a 2007 performance.