Posts Tagged ‘Black History Month

08
Feb
18

Jam On, First Lady Michelle Obama ✊🏾

06
Feb
18

*Mood*

05
Feb
18

History Made On This Date

01
Feb
18

‘I Want Freedom’

28
Aug
17

August 28: The History Of A People

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27
Feb
17

#BlackHistoryMonth: Honoring Trailblazers

Run to her Twitter, nourish your mind, and retweet it all

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27
Feb
17

#BlackHistoryMonth: The Incomparable First Lady Michelle Obama

06
Feb
17

Not Going Anywhere

31
Dec
16

Dance Into The New Year

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Pete Souza: “President Obama watches the First Lady dance with 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin in the Blue Room of the White House prior to a reception celebrating African American History Month.”

11
Jun
16

Pete Souza: Photographing The Real Barack Obama

It was a tale of two Americas. In Las Vegas the casinos were humming with a hell-yes tide that was about to sweep the manic Donald Trump to his most pumped-up victory yet. In Washington DC, civilisation still existed. In the week Trump’s xenophobic bid to be the Republican presidential candidate began to look unstoppable, the man whose Americanness he has questioned was meeting 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin. In Pete Souza’s official White House photograph of their get-together, President Barack Obama cracks a delicious smile as the first lady dances with McLaurin, who was invited to visit the White House in recognition of community work she has done for decades in the US capital. The meeting was also a celebration of Black History Month – and Souza’s picture manages to be both intimate and historic. Here are three African Americans in the White House. The room they are in – the Blue Room – is opulently decorated with gold stars, Empire-style furniture, and a portrait of some grand national father who holds a white handkerchief in his white hand.

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This is just one in a stream of vividly human and often funny photographs – released not just through White House press office, but on Flickr and Instagram – in which Souza has documented moments of the Obama administration that will never be forgotten. These photographs are precious historical documents. Critics from left and right blame the two-term presidency of this evidently intelligent and decent man for everything from the failure to close Guantánamo Bay (he’s still trying) to a continuing economic malaise that has fuelled what is shaping up to be the most extremist presidential election since 1860. Yet Souza’s photographs tell a different story – and the one that matters. Obama accomplished the impossible and made the White House an African American home for eight years…continued”

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