President Obama to Meet With Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter Activists at the Same Time on Thursday

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The White House told BuzzFeed News that President Obama will host a landmark meeting with activists from the Black Lives Matter and civil rights movements on Thursday. Icons like Wade Henderson and John Lewis will meet with movement leaders like Brittany Packnett, Aislinn Pulley and DeRay Mckesson.

President Obama will meet with two generations of civil rights leaders on Thursday afternoon, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Obama will convene leaders from the two generations of civil rights activists in the Roosevelt Room. The attendees will attend the Black History Month reception with the the president and First Lady, the White House said. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will also be in attendance.

“On Thursday afternoon, President Obama will meet with a group of civil rights leaders prior to the annual White House Black History Month reception to discuss a range of issues including the Administration’s efforts on criminal justice reform, building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve and the president’s priorities during his final year in office,” a senior administration official told BuzzFeed News in an email.

A White House official said Obama — a bridge between the generations of leaders — will preside over the conversation between the leaders and members of his administration.

Here is a list of the attendees, per the White House:

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Source: Buzzfeed | Darren Sands