rev_keith_byrd_web.jpgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his family celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth anniversary at a morning worship service Sunady.

Obama, his wife, Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia sat in the second row of  Washington's historic Zion Baptist Church, as bright sunlight streamed through stained-glass windows.

The church commemorated the slain civil rights leader's 83rd birth anniversary with a photo of King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and the words “I Have a Dream” on the program cover.

A deacon welcomed the first family and read a passage from King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

The sermon by the Rev. Keith Byrd came from Matthew 5 which describes the salt of the earth. Byrd urged the congregation to “preserve our morals, preserve our values,” like salt amid political, social and economic turmoil.

Photo: Rev. Keith Byrd