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About the Obama Legacy Initiative

                                                                                                                                                   

A Note From Sean Tenner, Board Chair:

Working on the Obama campaigns – from his first U.S. Senate Primary Election in March of 2004 to the Presidential race – has been by far the greatest honor of my life.  The spirit of those campaigns came not just from President Obama himself from also from the amazing group of staff and volunteers he energized and inspired to join his team.  He built a true family – not just a temporary campaign operation.  From 2004 on – every fellow Obama staff person I worked with was honest, hard-working, dedicated, and as committed to progressive ideals and American values as President Obama himself.

During the 2008 Presidential campaign it was my role on staff to organize thousands of leaders and volunteers from Illinois to campaign in Iowa on the President’s behalf.  Illinois was certain to “go blue” but Iowa was a swing state – President Bush having won it in 2004 by less than a percentage point. One day I will never forget came in September of 2008 when Illinois was hit with its hardest two-day rainfall in history.  I had organized a canvass in Muscatine, Iowa – which was over 215 miles (a nearly four hour drive) from where many of our volunteers were located in Evanston, Illinois.  As the torrential rain poured all over Illinois, I prepared myself (and those I reported to) for the fact that we would be lucky to have even one person show up in the rain.  Despite it all, over 150 people made the grueling trek to Muscatine to work for someone they believed in.  My colleague Toni Gilpin of the Democratic Party of Evanston summed it up for me poignantly that day, “this is how we know we are going to win this election.”

The President’s legacy lives on in the millions of Americans of all backgrounds that he inspired and brought in to the political system.  We will never go back to the time when African-American children couldn’t even dream about becoming President.  ~ Sean Tenner, President, KNI Communications

 

 Our Mission

The Obama Legacy Initiative was created to empower citizens and communities across the nation who wish to honor President Obama’s legacy in ways that are meaningful to them.  We provide technical and media support to legislators, educators, students, community advocates and organizations who wish to name programs or physical spaces such as schools, parks or community centers after President Obama.  

President Obama’s election and presidency symbolized to millions of Americans the progress that our nation has made and the fact that, despite our challenges, Americans can accomplish great things by working together.  Our Board of Directors, comprised of leaders from all walks of life who were personally inspired by the President’s accomplishments, encourages you to learn more about our organization and contact us if we can help you commemorate the Obama legacy in your own community. 

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