News:Celebrating Black History at the White House

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The White House, Washington
Friday, February 19, 2016
Follow Along: Today’s Schedule
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4:15 pm: The President and Vice President attend the Democratic Governors Association Meeting

In the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Great Hall of the Supreme Court to pay their respects to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Photo of the Day: President Obama Greets a Young Guest at Black History Month Reception

Photo of the Day

President Barack Obama greets a young guest during a reception celebrating African American History Month in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 18, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


More from 1600 Penn
In Case You Missed It: President Obama Is Headed to Cuba


“Cuba is only 90 miles from Florida, but for a long time the distance between our two countries seemed a lot greater. For more than fifty years, the United States pursued a policy of isolating and pressuring Cuba. While the policy was rooted in the context of the Cold War, our efforts continued long after the rest of the world had changed. Put simply, U.S. Cuba policy wasn’t working and was well beyond its expiration date.

“Cuba’s political system did not change. The United States was isolated within our own hemisphere - and in the wider world – which disagreed with our approach. Most importantly, our policy was not making life better for the Cuban people - and in many ways, it was making it worse. So in 2014, President Obama changed course. And on March 21-22, President Obama and the First Lady will visit Havana, Cuba.”

Read more from White House National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes about the President’s trip to Cuba.

Remarks by the President After Meeting with African American Faith and Civil Rights Leaders

Civil Rights Leaders

President Obama met with a group of civil rights leaders 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. The meeting was the first of its kind as the President convened leaders who represent different generations of civil rights leaders.

The President Welcomes the Chicago Blackhawks to the White House


“For the third time as President, I get to say: Give it up for the Stanley Cup champs — my hometown Chicago Blackhawks!” — President Obama

Quote of the Day
“We stand on the shoulders not only of the giants in this room, but also countless, nameless heroes who marched for equality and justice for all of us.”

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