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

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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.
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.

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