He also promoted recent administration efforts he said would extend gains from the civil rights era, including ObamaCare. The president said the new law would help seven million blacks obtain health insurance.

According to the White House’s meeting summary, the leaders present promised to help inform congregations and others about the new insurance marketplace, and then left following a prayer.

Besides Sharpton, leaders in attendance included Dr. Carroll Baltimore, president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Rev. Alvin Love of the National Baptist Convention, Dr. C.T. Vivian, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and numerous senior bishops or presidents of various other black Protestant denominations.

The meeting is only one of several ways Obama is commemorating the march’s anniversary. On Tuesday, he will host a reception at the White House in commemoration of the march, and on Wednesday he will give a speech at the Lincoln Memorial, the same site where King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.