WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama meets with civil rights leaders on Thursday afternoon to discuss issues such as criminal justice and building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
The list of invitees includes representatives from the NAACP and the National Urban League.
A representative of Black Lives Matter Chicago declined an invitation. In an article on Truthout.org, Aislinn Pulley wrote she would not participate in what she called “basically a photo opportunity” for the president.
The White House is describing the gathering as the first of its kind because those invited represent different generations of civil rights leaders. The meeting will take place prior to a Black History Month reception.
Obama’s search to nominate a successor to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could also come up. The NAACP has said it’s committed to working with Obama and the Senate to fill the vacancy. Many Republicans want the next president to make the nomination.