Our Roots Matter: The Power of Place

Where we come from can shape who we are and what we value more than we may know. Whether it’s our geography or our ancestry, our culture, or our beliefs, our roots determine how we grow. We’ll close our time together by exploring how specific spaces and places have been at the center of our speakers’ lives and work.

Video highlights


I’ve always tried to look for that around me—who here has done what I want to do? And how can I also do that, with my own experience?

Diane Guerrero

The South Side of Chicago is the place where President Obama first began his career in public service, the place where First Lady Michelle Obama was born, and the place where they, together, raised their family. We’re excited to bring the Obama Presidential Center to the South Side--the place they call home.

Woman on stage speaking with a dark red suit.

Obama Foundation Scholar Fatima Zaman shares her moving personal story about encountering violent extremism and her commitment to counter it.

Young woman stands at center stage with arms outstretched before her.

You feel a greater sense of urgency about wrongs that need to be righted.

President Obama

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life: Harry Grammer

Obama Fellow Harry Grammer is working to reduce recidivism rates for justice-involved youth in LA.

A Day in the Life: King Gyan

Africa Leader King Gyan is developing the future generation through sport.