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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
  • Futures Series

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

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Kori Coleman, a Black woman with a deep skin tone, stands in the middle of a four person string quartet. They are a range of medium to deep skin tones and are holding a viola, violin, and cello. All are wearing shades of brown. Credit: Seed Lynn
  • Leaders
  • Chicago

Ahead of her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, hear how one Obama Leader leverages the power of music to educate, entertain, and heal her community.

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  • Youth
  • MBK Alliance

The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance released a Black History Month reading list for young leaders

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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
  • Chicago

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

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President Obama poses for a photo with Guitars Over Guns participants. He is surrounded by 17 others with a range of light to deep skin tones.
  • MBK Alliance
  • Youth

Learn more about Nathan, his experience at Guitars Over Guns, and his plans for the future.

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Raven Smith, a Black woman with a medium skin tone, smiles at the camera. She is wearing a long sleeved white shirt and red plaid pants. Her arms are crossed and she has long black hair.
  • Youth
  • Chicago

Young Chicagoan Raven Smith created the t-shirt company Straight From The GO – All Good Things From ChicaGO to dispel negative perceptions about violence in Chicago

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President Obama is shown shaking the hand of a young man with a deep skin tone while surrounded 
by other women with deep and medium skin tones.
  • Alumni
  • The Obama Administration

This Obama alum is using stories from our past to help communities move forward today.

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

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

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 President Obama and Michelle Obama stand outside during the day shaking hands with youth. They have a ranging of medium to deep skin tones
  • Building the Center
  • Chicago

Revisit the highlights from our work in 2021, which included breaking ground on the Obama Presidential Center, recognizing important milestones from President and Mrs. Obama’s time in office, empowering and connecting leaders around the world, and more.

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President Obama, his family, and thousands of people, and John Lewis cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge hand in hand.
  • Stories

Watch talented Chicago poet Leslé Honoré recite "Bridges," a poem inspired by the powerful speech President Obama delivered on the 50th anniversary of the marches from Montgomery to Selma. An excerpt from the speech will appear on the exterior of the Obama

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A piece of Mrs Obama is pictured on a white plate.
  • Michelle Obama
  • Stories

Now you can make the former first lady’s holiday favorite at home!

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A painting of Michael Jordan, a man with a deep skin tone and short hair jumping into the air in a red basketball uniform holding a basketball.
  • Stories

Artist Lynell Jinks creates masterpieces on his childrens’ paper lunch bags every single week. He uses the images to inspire them to be passionate about their talents, and to pursue their biggest dreams. It sure beats PB&J.

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