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Bush Meeting With King’s Widow

January 21, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush is observing Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday today at the White House by signing the proclamation making it a holiday.

The president’s being joined by King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, and other family members this afternoon in the East Room.

She and First Lady Laura Bush were to attend a memorial service at the slain civil rights leader’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, then fly to Washington.

In the proclamation, Bush hails King as a ``modern American hero″ whose leadership rallied all races to rise up against injustice. He says King not only helped to remake America’s laws but changed American hearts.

The president says there’s been progress toward King’s vision of a color-blind society, but he sees ``much work″ still to be done.

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