This past February, the White House hosted a number of events to celebrate how African American culture has shaped and ultimately strengthened the United States.
"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." - President Barack Obama
Here are a few highlights from the events hosted by the White House.
Celebrating African American Women in Dance
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks prior to student performances following a day-long dance workshop for local students in celebration of Black History Month highlighting the contributions African American women have made to dance, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 8, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Girls and Gigabytes: Expanding Opportunity for African American Women in STEM
Intergenerational Civil Rights Leaders Meeting
Black History Month Reception
Virginia McLaurin Meets the President and the First Lady
A woman named Caprina Harris posted a video on Facebook of her young granddaughter shedding tears after learning President Obama's tenure will be over -- and President Obama responded:
Others, inspired by a photo of Obama greeting a young boy at the Black History Month Reception, took to Facebook and Twitter to share their favorite photos of #ObamaAndKids.
Tribute to Ray Charles
Sam Moore kisses First Lady Michelle Obama's hand after performing "I Can't Stop Loving You" during "Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House” hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama sings "What I'd Say" with First Lady Michelle Obama on stage with performers Usher, Brittany Howard and Andra Day, as all the night's talent takes the stage for the final number during the "Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House” hosted by The President Barack Obama and First Lady in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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