Representation matters—every child should see themselves in the careers they want to pursue. Through camps, conferences, internships and mentoring programs, I Am Abel in Chicago is increasing exposure, education, and opportunities for underrepresented minorities in the medical field.
“A hush came over the crowd. Everyone was just silent." * On November 4th, 2008, @BarackObama delivered a victory speech in Grant Park to over 200,000 people. Chicagoan Marieth Mitchell and her husband James were there, and after hugging strangers and cheering with the crowd, wanted a way to hold on to that moment. As Marieth left the park, her husband encouraged her to grab this t-shirt from a street vendor. It became her #ObamaKeepsake —reminding her of the bated breath the city held that night, the hope she experienced, the history she felt she was part of once she learned America had elected its first black President. * Over the next few months, we’ll be featuring an #ObamaKeepsake every Thursday—memorabilia that connect us to the special moments in @BarackObama and @MichelleObama ’s story. It's artifacts like these that will help us preserve the Obamas' legacy for generations to come as part of the Obama Presidential Center Museum. Tell us about your own keepsake at the link in our bio.
South Side southpaw. Happy #LeftHandersDay !
As an artist, Rob uses an iPad to mimic “inking.” The process came about from trying to solve a creative problem: “How do I make static images move?” * Instead of reinventing the wheel, he adapted the method of comic book artists. By layering colors on one another, he mimics diluting the ink and creating a “wash.” By varying the widths in the outline of the faces, he brought the faces to life. * He calls this the drumbeat of the artwork.
“What can I do where I am?” Inspired by the words of Toni Morrison, Candice Washington created @brownbooksandpaintbrushes , an initiative to educate young children on black culture through art, literature and cultural programming. Today, we reflect on the impact of Morrison’s words and how they helped make the world a better place.
The Zulu and Xhosa necklace is one of the most iconic pieces of jewelry in South African culture. As a symbol of leadership, it became the working concept for the #ObamaLeaders : Africa logo. For @wakwatshuma , transforming traditional African design is just another day at work. Meet the artist behind the design of #ObamaLeaders : Africa at the link in our bio.
During @BarackObama ’s two terms, Rob Pruitt had a daily routine: paint a portrait of the first black president. By the time President Obama left office, Pruitt had created almost 3,000 paintings—and an artistic legacy of the administration. Read more at the link in our bio.
These 200 #ObamaLeaders all share the same passion for making their continent—and the world— a better place. See how they came together at our week-long convening in Johannesburg and inspired each other to take their work to the next level.
You saw @BarackObama 's big surprise, but what did our interns think? Hear the Obama Youth Jobs Corps interns reflect on a Tuesday they’ll never forget.
They’re ready to take their civic leadership to the next level. They’re ready to change the world. Congratulations to the 200 #ObamaLeaders returning to their homes across Africa after a week of leadership development, connection, and empowerment.
Sometimes, a little failure can do a lot of good. Today in Johannesburg, the #ObamaLeaders celebrated Failure Fest—a chance to break down some of their best ideas. The leaders had to swallow their pride, summon their courage, and bare their failures in front of hundreds of their peers. When it comes to creating lasting change, failure is part of the process. It takes resilience to stand back up after you fall down, especially when you put your heart and soul into that fight. But those are some of the most defining moments in doing the work that we do. The moments that feel like the biggest failures are when we learn how to succeed. If you can find strength in those, you can change the world.
At #ObamaLeaders Africa, music fuels inspiration and connections. Today the acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir joined us to celebrate the convening of 200 inspiring leaders from across the continent.
In honor of #WorldRefgueeDay , we’re shining a spotlight on the work of one of our 2018 #ObamaLeaders : Innocent Magambi. When Innocent was just a teenager, war broke out in Congo. As a result, he spent much of his adolescence in refugee camps across Eastern and Southern Africa. A decade later, a scholarship changed his life. For the first time, he was able to live outside the confines of a refugee camp—but he couldn’t stop thinking of the people still there. Taking what he learned at school, he went on to form There is Hope, a non-profit that provides opportunities for refugees to escape poverty and become self-reliant.
On Father's Day, see how one of our #ObamaFellows , Charles Daniels, and his team at Fathers’ UpLift is helping dads in the Boston area overcome systemic challenges to engage in their children’s lives and be the best parents they can be.
For these young people in Hartford and Chicago, it’s about making a tangible change in their communities. See how they kicked off their six-month journey in the #CommunityLeadership Corps:
Every kid deserves a bike—that’s the message at the heart of Blackstone Bicycle Works. As a part of @expstation , Blackstone Bicycle Works is more than just a shop; it’s a place where kids can learn to ride, repair, and build bikes. With many participants coming back for at least three to seven years, Blackstone Bicycle Works took a simple childhood joy—riding bikes around the neighborhood—and turned it into a project to give back to the community.
It takes courage to dream big and make a difference. And these Chicago kids have plenty of it. Take a look at the first-ever Civic Action Recognition Awards we hosted with @ChiPubSchools to recognize civic all-stars inside and outside of the classroom.
“Whenever the world makes you cynical, stop and think of these men. Whenever you lose hope, stop and think of these men.” #DDay
ALS has no known cure. That’s not stopping I AM ALS from starting a movement to find one. As 2008 Obama presidential campaign staffers, Brian and Sandra met and fell in love. Then in 2017, Brian was diagnosed with ALS. Now, this couple is using the lessons they learned on the campaign trail to take charge in the fight against the disease.