“Our responsibility as citizens is to address the inequalities and injustices that linger, and we must secure our birthright freedoms for all people. As we mark the 40th year of National African American History Month, let us reflect on the sacrifices and contributions made by generations of African Americans, and let us resolve to continue our march toward a day when every person knows the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Throughout February, the White House is hosting events to celebrate African Americans, past and present, who have shaped and strengthened our nation. Check out some of the highlights so far, and stay tuned for more Black History Month events to come.
Celebrating African American Women in Dance
On February 8th,First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a day-long dance workshop for local students to highlight the contributions African American women have made to dance. The students were joined by iconic leaders in dance, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theaterâ€™s Judith Jamison, Debbie Allen, the Dance Theatre of Harlemâ€™s Virginia Johnson, and Hip-Hop choreographer Fatima Robinson. Each of these women have played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of African American women and girls in dance.You can watch the workshop and performance here.
Girls and Gigabytes: Expanding Opportunity for African American Women in STEMâ€‹
The White House brought together 150 middle- and high school-aged girls from across 15 states for a day of mentoring, panels, and workshops on STEM topics. As part of initiatives surrounding Black History Month, the event aimed to inspire African American girls, and make clear that they have access to educational opportunities and careers in STEM. Learn more about Girls and Gigabytes.
Intergenerational Civil Rights Leaders Meeting
President Obama met with a group of civil rights leaders to discuss a range of issues including the Administrationâ€™s efforts on criminal justice reform, building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and the Presidentâ€™s priorities during his final year in office. The meeting was the first of its kind as the President convened leaders who represent different generations of civil rights leaders.
Black History Month Reception
The President and the First Lady hosted the annual Black History Month Reception at the White House.
Stay tuned for more Black History Month events at the White House.