North Carolina Preacher To Give Inaugural Benediction

The North Carolina preacher who will give the benediction at Barack Obama's inauguration is calling on the president-elect to change U.S. foreign policy and education.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery spoke to hundreds of people at Duke Chapel to commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday. Lowery marched along side King during the civil rights movement, and he said Obama's election could not have come without King and his generation's work.

Lowery pushed listeners to fight for social justice. But the 87-year-old preacher also called on Obama to change what he said is a U.S. foreign policy too reliant on the use of force, the gap between rich and poor, and an education system that doesn't reach the poorest students.

Obama will be inaugurated Tuesday in Washington.

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