Chicago Updates

Foundation President Wally Adeyemo on hope…and change

December 7, 2020 4:31 PM

Dear friends, When I joined the Obama Foundation last fall as President, I planned to help refine its strategy for the long-term. After two years… More

‘A Promised Land’: President Obama’s New Book and the Obama Presidential Center

November 17, 2020 12:00 PM

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… More

Meet the Chicagoan Making Therapy as Normal as Ordering a Cup of Coffee

September 10, 2020 12:21 PM

“Your life is purposeful, your life is valuable, and your life is necessary.” —Chris LeMark, artist, mental health activist While making a name for himself… More

On Senior Citizens Day, Meet Some of Chicago’s Elders Making a Difference

August 21, 2020 10:55 AM

Throughout history, younger generations have picked up the baton of change from their original community changemakers to build a brighter future. This Senior Citizens Day,… More

Violence, Interrupted: A Closer Look at the Work of Chicago Activist and Violence Interrupter William Calloway

August 7, 2020 12:50 PM

William Calloway grew up in South Shore, the same Chicago neighborhood where Michelle Obama was born and raised. The community, which borders Jackson Park, the… More

David Simas Reflects on the Foundation’s Path Forward

July 17, 2020 11:00 AM

As part of our 2019 Annual Report, Obama Foundation Chief Executive Officer David Simas penned the message below to reflect on the Foundation’s work to… More

An Update on How We’re Responding in This Time of Need

July 17, 2020 11:00 AM

Along with the release of our 2019 Annual Report, Obama Foundation Chief Executive Officer David Simas and Obama Foundation President Wally Adeyemo shared the update… More

Watch: President Obama’s “Dear Class of 2020” Message

June 7, 2020 7:04 PM

Today, President Obama shared a message as part of YouTube Originals’ “Dear Class of 2020” program.   President Obama notes that building a new… More

Storytime with the Obamas

May 14, 2020 4:58 PM

Today, President and Mrs. Obama joined Chicago Public Library’s “Live from the Library” story time sessions, to read “The Word Collector” by Peter Reynolds. Check… More

How We’re Responding in This Time of Need

April 20, 2020 5:54 PM

Yesterday, Obama Foundation Chief Executive Officer David Simas sent the message below to our email subscribers about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’d… More

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