Barack Obama honors Martin Luther King

On the eve of his historic inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama urged Americans to march together in the spirit of Martin Luther King.

“Tomorrow, we will come together as one people on the same mall where Dr. King’s dream echoes still,” Obama said.

The president-elect visited wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. According to The Associated Press, Obama met with 14 service members recovering from wounds they sustained in Iraq or Afghanistan. The visit lasted a little more than an hour.

Accompanied by Martin Luther King III, he then headed to an emergency homeless shelter for teens in Washington D.C. At one point, according to the wire service, Obama painted a wall at the shelter, and afterward said “I think I’ve got this wall covered.”

barack obama honors martin luther king

“Today, we celebrate the life of a preacher who, more than 45 years ago, stood on our national mall in the shadow of Lincoln and shared his dream for our nation. His was a vision that all Americans might share the freedom to make of our lives what we will; that our children might climb higher than we would,” Obama said in his statement.