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America celebrates Martin Luther King day
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 Three straight days of festivities are marking Martin Luther King Day across the United States. This year's celebration is insolubly tied to the arrival in the White House of the first black President in American history later today.

Rallies and meetings began on Sunday in every US State. Over 11,400 'official' initiatives, twice as many as last year, have been organised in honour of Dr King ­ the only other historic-political figure aside from George Washington to whom a national day was dedicated.

The increase in events was also the result of a call to do volunteer work by President-elect Barack Obama, who attended (along with another 400,000 people) a concert at the Lincoln Memorial, where King's memory and the new President's inauguration repeatedly interlaced.

From Boston to Los Angeles, aside form the usual events organised to remember the life and message of Martin Luther King, millions of Americans are delivering warm meals to the homeless, organising urban cleaning teams to clean up the poorer neighbourhoods or collecting books for children of Mombasa, the Kenyan coastal city recently twinned with Long Beach.

Though this year Obama's inauguration appears to have somewhat obscured the celebrations in honour of Martin Luther King ­ in confirmation that many see it as the realisation of his 'dream' ­ the President elect chose Martin Luther King Day to launch his Renew America Together Initiative, in a bid to change the country.

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