Michelle Obama MLK Anniversary

Michelle Obama Gets in on a Major Anniversary

Michelle Obama spoke at the screening in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Ahead of her husband's speech Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Michelle Obama honored a lesser-known civil rights leader at the White House today. The first lady called Whitney Young an "unsung hero" before screening a documentary about his life, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight For Civil Rights. Five decades ago, Whitney Young helped organized the March on Washington, which famously featured Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. During today's event, Michelle said, "For every Dr. King, there is a Whitney Young or a Roy Wilkins or a Dorothy Height, each of whom played a critical role in the struggle for change."

In fact, the first lady has a personal connection to the leader, as she graduated from the Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, class of '81. Michelle wore a festive floral dress to take part in today's celebrations commemorating the March on Washington that took place on Aug. 28, 1963. Ahead of this week's commemorations in DC, Michelle spent the weekend in New York, checking out a Broadway show and the US Open's Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day with her daughters, Malia and Sasha.