President Obama and his family attended services at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., Sunday morning ahead of a swearing-in ceremony at the White House, according to a White House pool report.
A White House official tells the press pool:
The President and First Family is worshipping this morning and
celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Metropolitan African
Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the most historic churches in the
District and the nation.
Celebrating its 175th anniversary year, two existing churches formed
Metropolitan: Israel Bethel A.M.E., founded in l821, and Union Bethel
A.M.E. founded in l838. The parent A.M.E. denomination movement grew
out of an anti-segregation protest in Philadelphia in l787.
Metropolitan is known as the “National Cathedral of African Methodism.”
The church hosted two pre-inaugural prayer services for former
President Bill Clinton and Vice President Albert Gore and their