Earlier this week, senior White House officials kicked off Black History Month with a rousing calendar of events. They honored Black Nurse’s Day, joined Spike Lee at Morehouse College to launch an initiative encouraging 80,000 black men to become new teachers by 2015, and attended the opening night of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s 50th Anniversary season at the Kennedy Center.
Throughout the month, Cabinet Members, Administration officials, and senior staff will participate in events that illuminate the contributions of African Americans to our society. For example, today’s White House weekly policy forum will focus on innovation and investment in jobs of the future. Headlined by African American senior officials Dr. Cecilia Rouse, a sitting member of the Council of Economic Advisers, and SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns, among others, the White House is taking an encouraging and inclusive look at America’s new economic outlook. Across the board, the administration’s theme for the month is Celebrating Black History by Winning The Future.
Tomorrow, White House staff and interns will join Howard University business school students at the Operation Hope center in Washington, D.C. There, along with 5 Million Kids, an organization created by legendary music producer Quincy Jones, they aim to recruit volunteers to mentor in underserved neighborhoods and urban communities.
“During National African American History Month, we recognize the extraordinary achievements of African Americans and their essential role in shaping the story of America,” President Obama wrote in his National African American Heritage Month proclamation. “In honor of their courage and contributions, let us resolve to carry forward together the promise of America for our children.”
The White House also plans to profile blacks in the administration on its WhiteHouse.gov website, to distribute a Black History Month brochure to White House tour guests, and to display photographs of African American icons throughout buildings and offices in the White House compound.