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Michelle Obama speaks at Nashville conference

Posted: Updated: June 28, 2012 03:12 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

First Lady Michelle Obama saluted the long legacy of the African Methodist Episcopal Thursday in Nashville.

In her 30-minute speech before an estimated 10,000 AME members at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Mrs. Obama said her husband is in the White House because of the "heroes of the AME."

It was a reference to the many African American leaders who have worshipped in AME churches.

The First Lady did not address the Supreme Court decision on health care which gave her husband a stunning legal victory.

Instead, Mrs. Obama chose to stay close to themes that have marked her time as First Lady.

She told the AME that she "is speaking to the choir" about many things, but "the real work of democracy happens between the marches."

"It's about what we do between Monday and Saturday," she told AME members.

Mrs. Obama reminded the oldest African American church group in America that "living out our eternal salvation is not a once a week kind of deal."

The AEM conference is held every four years and has not been held in Music City since 1872.

President Barack Obama addressed the conference in 2008.

Thursday's visit was Michelle Obama's second to Nashville.

In April, she was in town to help raise money for her husband's re-election campaign.

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