Five years ago, our nation underwent a day of momentous change, grace, and celebration.
June 26, 2015, brought the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, President Obama’s eulogy of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was killed alongside eight of his parishoners at Mother Emanuel AME, and the lighting of the White House in rainbow colors in recognition of marriage equality. Relive each moment of this historic day through the voices of those who lived through it and gave it meaning: President Obama, Jim Obergefell, Valerie Jarrett, and more.
On this day five years ago, Chris Singleton’s mother Sharonda was murdered because of the color of her skin, alongside eight other victims inside Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. Chris is determined to carry on Sharonda’s legacy of love by reminding himself he #CantLetMomDown. pic.twitter.com/Fi12Bx7IkT
President Obama joined Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, President of Color of Change Rashad Robinson, Minneapolis City Council Representative Phillipe Cunningham, and MBK Columbus Youth Leader Playon Patrick, in a conversation moderated by Campaign Zero co-founder Brittany Packnett Cunningham. Together, they discussed the tragic events of recent weeks, the history of police violence in America, and specific actions needed to transform a system that has led to the loss of too many lives.
No one does big things by themselves. That’s why we called on our audience to share some words of encouragement for the Class of 2020. Check out some of these uplifting messages—and show us how you’re celebrating this year’s graduating class. See more +
So much of the progress that we've made in our society has been because of young people.
Yesterday, Obama Foundation Chief Executive Officer David Simas sent the message below to our email subscribers about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’d…
In honor of Black History Month, we're reflecting on Frederick Douglass' visit to Jackson Park during the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Jackson Park is preparing to repeat its historical role as a place of honor for America’s black icons as the site of the future Obama Presidential Center. During Black History Month and every month, we are constantly reminded that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.
In keeping with President Obama’s longstanding tradition of reading and responding to letters from the American people, we’re excited to share an adorable letter he received from five-year-old Pennsylvanian Cori Ryan. See for yourself +