President Barack Obama on Thursday celebrated what he called "the central role that African-Americans have played in every aspect of American life."
Obama was joined by his wife, Michelle, as they hosted a White House reception for Black History Month.
The president said his family, including daughters Sasha and Malia, will visit Selma, Alabama, next week to honor the 50th anniversary of historic civil rights marches across the state. He said the trip will also note the upcoming 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act.
Obama said the visit is to pay tribute to civil rights legends, like Martin Luther King Jr. and now-congressman John...