The Obama’s are adding to their epic legacy by powerfully celebrating Black History Month. First, Michelle Obama held African dance classes at The White House and now President Obama is set to meet with leaders of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
The President and The First Lady will host a Black History Month reception with two generations of activists as leaders from the Civil Rights Movement will also be present.
In this space, there will be an open dialogue, “…to discuss a range of issues including the Administration’s efforts on criminal justice reform, building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve and the president’s priorities during his final year in office” according to an email from a senior administration official obtained by Buzzfeed.
Here is a list of the attendees, per the White House:
• Aislinn Pulley, Co-Founder and Lead Organizer with Black Lives Matter Chicago
• Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network
• Ben Crump, President of the National Bar Association
• Brittany Packnett, Member of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Co-Founder of We The Protestors and Campaign Zero
• C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Leader and Author
• Carlos Clanton, President of the National Urban League Young Professionals
• Cornell Brooks, President of the NAACP
• Deray Mckesson, Co-Founder of We the Protestors and Campaign Zero
• Deshaunya Ware, Student Leader of Concerned Student 1950 at University of Missouri
• John Lewis, United States Representative (D-GA)
• Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League
• Mary Patricia Hector, National Youth Director of the National Action Network
• Melanie Campbell, President of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
• Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change
• Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
• Stephen Green, National Director of the NAACP Youth and College Division
• Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
While the President hasn’t formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, the former Secretary of State as well as Senator Bernie Sanders have also met with McKesson and leaders of #BlackLivesMatter. Both Presidential candidates continue to vie for the black vote ahead of the South Carolina Democratic primary.
10 Things You Should Know About Activist Angela Davis (PHOTOS)
1. Angela was a member of Che-Lumumba, an exclusively black branch of the Communist Party.Source:Getty 1 of 10
2. In 1970, she was put on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Criminals list for her association with the Black Panther Partner & her wrongful accusation in a murder case.Source:Getty 2 of 10
3. Her mother, Sallye Davis, was a leading organizer of the Southern Negro Congress. Activism literally runs through Angela's veins.Source:Getty 3 of 10
4. Angela married once, in 1980, to photographer Hilton Braithwaite. Their marriage ended in divorce several years later.Source:Getty 4 of 10
5. She ran for Vice President of the United States in 1980 & 1984 on the Communist Party ticket.Source:Getty 5 of 10
6. She was the Chair of the Minority Women's Studies department at the University of Santa Barbara.Source:Getty 6 of 10
7. Angela completed her graduate studies at the University of Frankfurt, in Germany.Source:Getty 7 of 10
8. She spent 16 months in jail while awaiting trial for murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy charges. She was acquitted of all 3 charges, in a landmark case.Source:Getty 8 of 10
9. Angela has written 8 books. One of her books was written alongside famed activist and Black Panther, Assata Shakur.Source:Getty 9 of 10
10. In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan sought to ban Angela from teaching in California for her involvement with the Communist Party.Source:Getty 10 of 10