Obama to meet with Black Lives Matter activists

President Obama will meet with civil rights activists both young and old Thursday, including leaders in the Black Lives Matter movement.

“On Thursday afternoon, President Obama will meet with a group of civil rights leaders prior to the annual White House Black History Month reception to discuss a range of issues including the Administration’s efforts on criminal justice reform, building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve and the president’s priorities during his final year in office,” a senior administration official said.
 
Obama will also preside over a discussion between the activists and members of his administration.
 
Those participating in the event include Campaign Zero co-founders DeRay Mckesson and Brittany Packnett, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, the Rev. Al Sharpton and National Bar Association President Benjamin Crump.
 
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