Obama to meet with civil rights leaders at White House

Associated Press

Washington — 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 participants includes representatives from the NAACP, National Urban League and Black Lives Matter Chicago. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will also attend.

The White House is describing the gathering as a first-of-its-kind meeting 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 confirmation battle to take place next year.