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Watch Meeting—Dec. 31st 1862—Waiting for the Hour by William Tolman Carlton (1863)
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  • Equality

Take a look at how President Obama honored this chapter of American history.

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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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  • Presidential History

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.
  • Presidential History
  • Health & Wellbeing

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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Daniel Fairley II, a Black man with a light skin tone smiles at the camera. He has short black hair and glasses. He is wearing a light purple blazer and a dark purple hoodie.
  • Alumni
  • Leaders

Meet an Obama Leader supporting Virginians in need.

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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
  • Presidential History

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
  • Presidential History

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

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A black man, with medium skin tone, Jesse Thomas talks with his hand up into a microphone. Separated by a white line, a black woman, with dark skin tone in a blue suit, Representative Lauren Underwood, stands smiling.
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  • Defending Democracy

Meet two Obama Alumni working to carry progress forward.

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  • Alumni
  • Changemakers

Learn about six 2008 alumni and their positive impact on our world 15 years later.

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Rebecca speaks at Harvard Kennedy School affinity celebration for disabled graduates. She is wearing silver hoop earrings, a purple dress, and a black blazer. She is sitting in front of a red background that reads, “Affinity Celebration for Graduates.”
  • Alumni
  • Equality

Meet the Obama alum who is championing disability rights for all.

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Angela Barranco stands next to seven others as they watch President Obama sign a document in the Oval Office. All people are a range of light to medium skin tones. President Obama sits behind his desk.
  • Sustainability
  • Alumni

Meet the Obama alum who is leading climate action efforts at The Climate Group.

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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
  • Presidential History

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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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
  • Presidential History

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

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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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Devin Hampton, a Black man with a light medium skin tone, holds a closed-lip smile. He has short black hair and is wearing a gray suit jacket and white shirt. In the background is an office space with plants.
  • Sustainability
  • Alumni

Meet the Obama alum who is working to create new opportunities for Black and Brown professionals in the clean energy space.

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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.
  • Presidential History
  • Sustainability

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
  • Presidential History

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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A woman with a medium deep skin tone smiles. She has grey-streaked black hair, glasses, red lipstick, a pearl necklace, and is wearing a white suit jacket with white accents on the collar.
  • Equality
  • Alumni

Meet One Obama Alum Who is Leading the Fight for Women's Equality

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President Obama on stage taking a group photo with people who have a light golden skin tone wearing formal clothing
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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 collage photo of Barack Obama and Asian American people wearing suits and a poster that says Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders for Obama in red,white , and blue
  • Asia-Pacific
  • About

Throughout May, the Obama Foundation is celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month.

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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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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 Arts

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

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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.
  • Presidential History
  • Changemakers

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

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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
  • Presidential History

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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Thanks for tuning in for a special conversation between President Obama, David Plouffe, and Obama Alumni Association members.

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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
  • Alumni
  • Presidential History

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
  • Presidential History

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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Consuela Hendricks and Angela Lin smile to camera with mountain scenery behind them.
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  • Alumni

After meeting as community organizers in Chicago's Chinatown, Consuela Hendricks and Angela Lin founded People Matter to empower, educate, and care for people in Chinatown and its surrounding neighborhoods of color.

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

Remembering Congressman John Lewis

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President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks and signs the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
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  • Barack Obama

Ten years ago, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—the toughest set of financial reforms since the Great Depression.

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A man with a light skin tone in a white hat and suit sits besides President Obama in an stadium during the day. They watch white hats fly in the air
  • Presidential History
  • Barack Obama

Since rising to prominence in 2004 with a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, President and Mrs. Obama have delivered hundreds of speeches that offer hope and wisdom gleaned from their own journeys

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