a reminder, memory 2/6/2013 and encouragement to go to this site
This February, during African American History Month, the White House recognized several historic anniversaries including the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, 100th Birthday of Rosa Parks and 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. In that spirit we also hosted several policy discussions, recognized Champions of Change who are doing extraordinary work in education, and the President participated in the unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue at the U.S. Capitol this week.
Director of African American Outreach
Office of Public Engagement
President Barack Obama touches the Rosa Parks statue after the unveiling during a ceremony in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 2013. Helping with the unveiling, were, from left: Sheila Keys, niece of Rosa Parks; Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.; and Elaine Eason Keys. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Policy Update: African American Healthcare Briefing
The White House Office of Public Engagement and the Department of Health & Human Services hosted a live town hall discussion on the ACA Affordable Care Act (ACA). The briefing was an interactive program with a two panel discussion and breakout session with members of African American health organizations and community leaders.
Champions of Change: African American Educational Excellence
The White House Office of Public Engagement hosted a Champions of Change event honoring leaders who have advanced educational excellence for the African American community. The Champions of Change initiative honors ordinary people who do extraordinary acts in their communities, all across the country. During the Champions of Change event, we recognized 10 individuals who have devoted their time and efforts to improve educational outcomes for African American students.
Catching Up with the Curator
The painting, completed in 1863 by William Carlton, shows a group of African American men, women and children waiting for the clock to strike midnight—the hour the Emancipation Proclamation would go into effect. Check it out, and learn why President Obama chose this painting to hang in the West Wing.
Rosa Parks has a Permanent Place in the U.S Capitol
National Statuary Hall inside the U.S Capitol was once the meeting place of the House of Representatives. Now it’s the home to a collection of statues and monuments—two form each state—representing some of the defining figures in our nation’s history. Yesterday, those sculptures were joined by that of a civil rights icon. One hundred years after she was born and 58 years after she refused to give up her seat on an Alabama city bus, Rosa Parks has a permanent place in the halls of Congress.
Apply for the Summer 2013 White House Internship Program
The application for the Fall 2013 White House Internship Program is now open. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and engage them in public service opportunities. Learn more about the program and the application process.
The deadline to apply is April 7, 2013.