Black History Month: "Shaping the Story of America"

"During National African American History Month, we recognize the extraordinary achievements of African Americans and their essential role in shaping the story of America. In honor of their courage and contributions, let us resolve to carry forward together the promise of America for our children," President Obama stated in a Proclamation today.

This month, Americans from around the country will celebrate the creativity, determination, and contributions that African Americans have made to our Nation’s identity and culture. This year’s celebration will be an opportunity not just to look back and recognize the achievements of our community, but also to honor the legacy of those that have come before us while fostering the leaders of tomorrow.

Throughout the month, we'll highlight African Americans from throughout the Administration on the White House blog. We look forward to sharing the stories of individuals who contribute to the President’s vision of winning the future by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building our global competition through their work.

Kevin Lewis is Director of African-American Media
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