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The image is a combination of the headshots of Jessica Teal, Laura Olin, and Jeron Smith. From [L to R]: The first person is Jessica Teal: she has pale skin, blonde hair, blue eyes, and is wearing a red short-sleeved shirt. She is smiling at the camera. The second person is Jeron Smith: he has brown skin, closely cut black hair, and a mustache. He is wearing a dark blazer with a white t-shirt underneath. In the background of Jeron's headshot is an industrial set with orange lighting and tall metal beams. The third person is Laura Olin: she has pale skin, blue eyes, and blond hair that hits her shoulders. She is wearing a blue and white shirt and smiling at the camera. Behind Laura are green trees.
  • The Arts
  • Alumni

Meet the minds behind the design, voice, and digital strategy for the Obama campaign and White House.

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President Obama sits at a desk, pen in hand, as other politicians look on. A young boy at the front, dressed in a suit vest and tie also looks on.
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  • The Obama Administration

Hear from President Obama as he reflects on this milestone moment.

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President Obama and then Vice President Joe Biden clap as they stand at a conference table. In the background, people with a range of light skin tones clap and cheer. All are dressed professionally.
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Listen

Personal stories released that highlight the legacy and impact of the ACA

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The image is a combined photo of five women. The first is Clarissa Kornell: she has long curly dark hair, a light olive complexion and is wearing a dark pink shirt with a light pink scarf. Clarissa is smiling in the picture. The second woman is Sabra Townsend: she has shoulder length locs that are curled. Sabra has a medium brown skinned complexion and is wearing a dark blue blazer with an orange shirt underneath. Sabra is smiling in the picture. The third woman is Juliet Choi: she has dark hair cut into a shoulder-length bob and she has an olive complexion. Juliet is wearing black glasses, a brown necklace, and a short sleeved blue blouse. Juliet is smiling in the picture. The fourth woman is Alefiyah Mesiwala. Alefiyah has long black hair, dark olive skin and hazel eyes. Alefiyah is wearing a dark blue scarf and a black shirt and smiling in the picture. The fifth woman is Jamie Lockhart: Jamie has long dark brown hair and pale skin. Jamie is wearing a pink blazer and a black shirt underneath. Jamie is also wearing a small diamond necklace and smiling in the picture.
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Alumni

Meet five women carrying forward the legacy of the Affordable Care Act in their communities

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President Obama tilts his head upwards along with out-of-focus onlookers. A digital screen shows something out of focus behind him.
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  • Building the Center

Get a sneak peek at a four-story digital wall that will celebrate the “Power of Words” and pay homage to the first digital President.

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On the South Lawn, President Obama walks in the middle of a group of young men. All have a range of light to deep skin tones. They are wearing a mix of casual and professional attire.
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  • MBK Alliance

Get to know two young men carrying forward the legacy of MBK

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President Obama stands in the middle of young leaders at MBK Rising! All men are dressed professionally and have a range of light to deep skin tones.
  • Youth
  • MBK Alliance

Take a look back at some of the program's most inspiring moments.

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Representative John Lewis and President Barack Obama are sitting in a room together laughing in the middle of a conversation. Representative Lewis is sitting on a couch on the left-hand side of the image with his hands placed on his left knee. He is an older, brown-skinned man with a bald head. He is wearing a blue suit, with a white button-down shirt, and a blue tie. The couch Rep. Lewis is sitting on, is the color brown. President Obama is sitting on the right side of the image in a beige chair. He is wearing a black suit with a blue button-down shirt. His arms are placed on the side of the chair. In the room of the image is a beige coffee table with a large blue book on top of it. On the front of the book is the number, “44.” The room has beige walls with pictures on the left side. On the wall are three pictures: the largest picture features a blue background and the figure of a man’s arms and head; the second largest picture is an image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking during the March on Washington; the smallest picture is indistinguishable. In the room there is a small brown side table that sits between Rep. John Lewis and President Barack Obama. On the side table is a table lamp with a white lamp shade and two framed pictures.
  • Changemakers
  • Building the Center

Learn about the work of civil rights icon John Lewis and his influence on President Obama and the Obama Foundation.

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44 Alumni, Tess Hetzel (on the left) and Paul Montiero Jr. (on the right) are smiling into the camera. They are located in an office in the Maryland Capitol. In the room is a white fireplace with a black firepit, a black lace couch, and a beige wall with a larger painting – person unseen – with a gold frame. Tess Hetzel has a pale complexion, long reddish blonde hair, and blue eyes. She is wearing a yellow cardigan and a black v-neck t-shirt. Paul Montiero Jr. has a brown complexion, dark brown curly hair, and brown eyes. He is wearing a black and white pinstriped suit, with a white button-down, and a gray tie.
  • Alumni
  • The Obama Administration

Meet five people whose time campaigning for President Obama inspired them to continue serving their communities

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Michelle Obama is sitting at a wood table surrounded by young teens from the Ludzi Girls Secondary School in Malawi. In the image Michelle Obama has braids in her hair and is wearing a gray and black geometric shirt, with a series of gold bangles on her left wrist; she is smiling and clapping her hands together. Sitting on both sides of her and across from her are young teen girls. The two sitting next to her are wearing white button-down shirts. The young girl to her left is clasping his hands and smiling at her. Across from Michelle Obama are the backs of two young teen girls, who are staring at her. Both girls have closely cut hair; the boy on the left of the image is wearing a white button down shirt. The girl  on the right of the image is wearing a bright blue collared shirt.
  • Michelle Obama
  • Building the Center

Learn how Michelle Obama’s legacy is shaping the Obama Presidential Center.

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Barack Obama a man with golden brown skin sitting at a table wearing a formal suit while writing with a diverse group of people behind him with mainly neutral light skin and a little boy with brown skin wearing a formal suit looking at the paper Barack is writing on
  • Health & Wellbeing
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Understand the impact of this historic legislation for American families and share your story.

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Michelle Obama, her eyes watering with tears and her mouth pursed, sits in a room full of people. Bright spotlights are on the back wall. Everyone looks dressed in formal suit attire.
  • Equality
  • Barack Obama

When then-Senator Obama delivered a speech titled “A More Perfect Union” 15 years ago today, it became known simply as the “speech on race.”

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama look out at the Chicago, Ill., skyline, June 15, 2012.
  • Chicago
  • The Center

From its vibrant history to their own personal history, here's a brief overview of the impact Chicago has had on the Obamas.

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  • Your Voice
  • Community Engagement

Oral History FAQ

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Barack Obama sits on a red and tan couch holding the hand of a woman (his mother-in-law Marian Robinson). They are both dressed formally, in suit attire. The two appear to be watching something intently.
  • In-depth
  • Barack Obama

Relive the 2008 election through the eyes and words of those who lived it below.

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  • Your Voice
  • Community Engagement

Preparing for Your Interview

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  • Barack Obama
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Meet the woman behind the famous chant that inspired the nation.

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A side view of President Obama wearing black shades, a black jacket, and black pants, He at the bow of a boat surrounded by water around.
  • Sustainability
  • Alumni

Five years ago this week, the Paris Climate Agreement took effect, as nearly 200 nations committed to reduce their carbon emissions for the first time.

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Crowd surrounding The white house lit up by colors representing pride
  • Equality
  • Alumni

June 26, 2015 marked an unforgettable day in the Obama Presidency. The Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality, President Obama paid tribute to Reverend Pinckney and his eight parishioners in Charleston, and the White House shone with pride for all to see

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President Obama on stage taking a group photo with people who have a light golden skin tone wearing formal clothing
  • Barack Obama
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On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced DACA, an executive action to lift the shadow of deportation for young people who came to the United States as undocumented immigrants.

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A young Black boy reaches out to touch President Obama's hair. They are in the oval office and a two other adults and one child stand to the side.
  • Barack Obama
  • Youth

Then five-year-old Jacob Philadelphia is graduating high school as part of the class of 2022. Watch his reunion with President Obama.

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In a room full of warm, dappled sunlight, former First Lady Michelle Obama leans down to hug her mother, Marian Robinson. Mrs. Robinson has her face against Mrs. Obama's, and embraces her with her hand.
  • Building the Center
  • Michelle Obama

Learn more about Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, and how she will be honored at the Obama Presidential Center.

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President Obama sits at a formal desk in the center of the image, glancing down as he signs a document. A young boy in a vest and tie looks on, as do Vice President Biden, Nancy Pelosi.
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  • Barack Obama

12 years ago today, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law.

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A black and white photo shows three airmen seated in a military truck in conversation.
  • Equality
  • Building the Center

It all started with an interview with Tuskegee Airman Colonel William R. Thompson.

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President Obama is on a walkway in a parade talking to and shaking the hands of many different 
people with various skin tones.
  • Changemakers
  • Barack Obama

A look back at the 2007 announcement in Springfield and the campaign that inspired so many to serve.

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(1980) Chicago Defender photographer, Antonio Dickey photographing dancer Tarin Springs practicing dance routine.
  • The Arts
  • Chicago

Sometimes history is shaped not by the famous figures in front of the camera, but by someone behind it.

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 The camera focuses on a man and woman with medium skin tones as they engage in conversation in a room of people
  • Programs
  • Changemakers

Five years later, a look back at President Obama’s farewell address and the call to action that drives our mission at the Foundation

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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 Obama fist bumps a young girl with a medium skin tone while sitting in front of a computer. He is sitting at a table with another young woman with a deep skin tone.
  • Education
  • Barack Obama

This week, 100kin10 announced they exceeded a goal President Obama set in 2011: to recruit and train 100,000 new STEM teachers by 2021.

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President Obama stands next to a man with a light skin tone with short wavy brown hair while they look over a document in an office
  • The Obama Administration
  • Alumni

Learn more about the Selma text that will appear on the exterior of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center

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President Obama sits in the situation room, talking to a man in a blue collared shirt.
  • Defending Democracy
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Ten years after the raid against Osama bin Laden, watch a special conversation between President Obama and Admiral William McRaven, the commander of the special operations forces who executed the historic operation.

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President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in front of a group of people with various skin tones and ages.
  • Health & Wellbeing
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Looking back, it’s easy to forget just how broken our health insurance system was before the Affordable Care Act.

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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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The White House portrait of President Obama sitting down in front of a background with flowers. He is wearing an all black suit with a white button up shirt.
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  • The Arts

Artists Kehinde Wiley of Brooklyn, New York, and Amy Sherald of Baltimore, Maryland, were selected to paint President Obama and Mrs. Obama respectively

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A rendering of the Obama Presidential Center campus.
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  • Barack Obama

In an excerpt from President Obama’s new memoir, "A Promised Land," he notes that he wrote the book primarily for young people, as “an invitation to once again remake the world, and to bring about, through hard work, determination, and a big dose of imagin

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President Barack Obama signs the guest book at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima, Japan, May 27, 2016.
  • Barack Obama
  • Global Reach

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, read the message President Obama released honoring the victims and survivors of the bombings and reflections from Obama Foundation Chief International Office

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