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Dr. Edwin Quezada, a man with a medium skin tone points as he speaks to an audience. He is wearing glasses and a powder blue suit.
  • Education
  • Youth

Hear directly from one of the My Brother’s Keeper Model Communities on how they achieved a 91 percent graduation rate for students of color.

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  • Girls Opportunity Alliance
  • Education

Discover how Ladies of Virtue is transforming lives through mentorship and leadership

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A group of high school students with a range of light to deep skin tones pose around  Gallerist Easy Otabo and artist Michael C. Thorpe. In the background, a monitor displays the Obama Foundation rising sun logo and reads, “Obama Foundation.”
  • Youth
  • The Arts

See how the students explored expression and possibilities at EXPO Chicago.

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A rendering of the outside  front of Home Court  from Stony Island Avenue. It is daylight in the picture. Home Court at the Obama Presidential Center is a large silver and glass building, with large rectangular windows covering the majority of the front of the building and two large inverted silver triangles of metal cladding interrupting the glass on the side. In front of the building are green shrubs and trees planted along a pedestrian walkway. To the left of the building is a large patch of grass surrounded by a pedestrian walkway. To the right of the building are tall green trees. On the pedestrian pathways are several people walking, standing, and sitting. There is a bicycle rack on the pedestrian walkway.
  • First Look
  • Building the Center

See the plans for the 45,000-square-foot multipurpose athletic and events facility coming to the Obama Presidential Center.

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Brandon Breaux, a Black man with a deep skin tone, stands over five seated students. On the table is an iPad and illustrations. He is wearing a mint beanie. Space art is on the wall in the background.
  • First Look
  • The Arts

Artist Brandon Breaux and Dyett High School students showcase the power of culture and community.

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A woman with a deep skin tone wears black framed glasses with silver droplet earrings and bracelet as she serves food with clear gloves on. She is wearing a purple shirt. The receiver is a young girl with a deep skin tone and medium length straight black hair. She is holding up a plate and is wearing a baby blue mask and gray shirt. Along the table are three trays filled with food and vegetables.
  • Youth
  • Chicago

We partner with Local Lunchbox to provide thousands of meals to our young people over the summer months.

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On a sunny day, a group of volunteers smile in front of a blue Obama Foundation banner. They huddle together and pose as someone takes a photo on their cell phone.
  • Event
  • Sustainability

Hundreds clean South Side parks and beaches

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A Black man wearing a sweatshirt holds onto the rim of a basketball net, looking upward. The sky behind is a deep blue.
  • MBK Alliance
  • Youth

Check out the Freedom Summer 2023 grant recipients!

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Crystal Moten, PhD, a Black woman with brown locs and a medium deep skin tone, smiles at the camera. She is wearing an orange blouse, blue beaded necklace, and red lipstick. In the background is a plant and gray curtain
  • Building the Center
  • Chicago

Meet the women behind the Obama Presidential Center

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  • Your Voice
  • Presidential History

Oral History FAQ

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  • Your Voice
  • Presidential History

Preparing for Your Interview

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  • MBK Alliance
  • Youth

Creating Safe and Engaging Spaces for Youth

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  • Building the Center
  • Chicago

The organization is on track to meet its ambitious workforce and business diversity goals for construction.

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New Life
  • MBK Alliance
  • Youth

Since 2005, New Life Centers of Chicagoland has addressed the needs of the neighbors surrounding New Life Community Church locations and beyond.

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  • Chicago
  • Youth

Chicago lost another innocent life this weekend and this one came close to home.

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An animation shows people ranging of all ages and skin tones, enjoying the Obama Presidential Center
  • Michelle Obama
  • Building the Center

From our earliest days of planning, we always knew we wanted to have a Fruit & Vegetable Garden at the future Obama Presidential Center

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José Rico, former Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, speaks at the White House Hispanic Action Summit in Durham, NC.
  • Alumni
  • Education

Meet an Obama Alum who is helping young Chicagoans reach their dreams

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President and Mrs. Obama drop off holiday gifts to patients in the lobby of the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL on December 3, 2021.
  • Chicago
  • Michelle Obama

President and Mrs. Obama were back in Chicago to show some holiday gratitude to the people and programs taking on some of the biggest issues in the community we call home.

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Timuel Black smiles to camera.
  • Chicago
  • Changemakers

Read Michael Strautmanis' reflection on his friend and mentor, Dr. Timuel Black, who passed away on Wednesday, October 13.

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Activists In Chicago Protest Police Brutality In Death Of George Floyd
  • Equality
  • Stories

Read the Obama Foundation's statement on anti-racism and equity.

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President Obama is seen amongst the backs of football helmet-wearing young people
  • Barack Obama
  • Chicago

President Obama recently spent a day on the South Side of Chicago with some of the Obama Presidential Center's future neighbors.

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President Obama speaks to a youth football team. The players have taken a knee as President Obama gestures towards them.
  • Stories
  • Barack Obama

What makes Chicago one of the best cities in the world? To some, it's the delectable food. For others, it’s the breathtaking skyline and lakefront. Depending on who you root for, it’s the sports. But here at the Obama Foundation, we believe it’s the people

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President Obama hands holding a shovel, moving dirt.
  • Stories
  • Building the Center

The City of Chicago's prep work in Jackson Park officially kicks off our Road to Groundbreaking—a celebration of Chicago and everyone who is helping us make this dream a reality. Join us.

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President Obama gives remarks at the My Brother's Keeper launch
  • MBK Alliance
  • Youth

It’s been seven years since President Obama called on the nation to address the persistent opportunity gaps boys and young men of color face and to ensure all young people can reach their full potential.

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Omaha 360 members meet in 2018.
  • MBK Alliance
  • Changemakers

To some, gun violence and broken trust between police and community members seem like problems that are simply too big to fix, but not to Willie Barney.

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Berto Aguayo
  • Watch
  • Chicago

Berto Aguayo grew up in Back of the Yards, a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago

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Billy Moore
  • Chicago
  • Watch

When he was just 16, Billy Moore made a tragic mistake, taking the life of another young Chicagoan

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A man with a deep skin tone smiles as he stands over a red sign with yellow lettering that says, "UNITY" and "COMMUNITY" outside of an apartment building. He is wearing a white shirt that reads, "Mr. Dad's Father's Club."
  • Watch
  • Chicago

In the Englewood neighborhood, Joseph Williams is also known as “The Black Mr. Rogers.”

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Two men in winter clothes greet each other on a residential Chicago street.
  • Chicago
  • Youth

A Conversation with Chicago CRED

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Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education, holding a microphone addresses a crowd of young men of color.
  • Chicago
  • Changemakers

When Arne Duncan left his job as CEO of Chicago Public Schools in 2009 to serve as Secretary of Education, he thought gun violence in the City had reached its peak. He was wrong.

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Pastor Tracey Lee
  • Chicago
  • Changemakers

During an especially grueling summer, we spent a month capturing a glimpse of Tracey Lee’s day-to-day life as a violence interrupter, a pastor, and a supermom

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Tye Moores laughs and smiles.
  • Chicago
  • The Arts

When we wanted to lift up the stories of Antonio Davis, Asiaha Butler, and Kemdah Stroud—three grassroots leaders working on the South Side of Chicago to make a difference—we turned to Chicago-based artist and photographer Tyesha Moores.

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  • The Arts
  • Chicago

Activist and violence interrupter William Calloway grew up in South Shore, the same Chicago neighborhood where Michelle Obama was born and raised, and the future home of the Obama Presidential Center. See how Will is protecting his community while challeng

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A volunteer wearing a mask hands supplies to an elderly woman.
  • Newsletter
  • Barack Obama

Today, we sent the message below to our email subscribers about President Obama’s response to the tragic killing of George Floyd.

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A woman with a medium skin tone and black braids stands smiling in front of a sign that reads:  “ Community Leadership: Courage Can Be Courageous And Hope Can Take Own A Life Of Its Own”
  • Take Action
  • Health & Wellbeing

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a grave toll on us all. Take care of yourself; take care of your loved ones. And if you can, step up and lead so your communities come out of this stronger.

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