Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama announced they will begin an Obama Foundation and are taking suggestions about what the organization will do (video below).
“More than a library or museum, it will be a living, working center for citizenship,” Barack said in a video message released just hours before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, according to The Hill. “That’s why we want to hear from you. Tell us what you want this project to be.”
The Obama Foundation will “focus on developing the next generation of citizens — and what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century,” according to the foundation’s website, Obama.org. “It will draw strength from the rich diversity and vitality of Chicago, where the President and First Lady met and raised their daughters, and it will have nonprofit programs across the city, the United States, and the world.”
The Obama Foundation will be based in Chicago, but Barack said the projects are expected to take place “all over the city, country and world.”
“True democracy is a project that’s much bigger than any one of us,” he added. “It’s bigger than any one person, any one president, any one government. It’s a job for all of us.”
“Whether you are looking for a role in your community or have been active on the field of democracy for years, we look forward to working with you and for you,” the Obama.org website says. “Together, we will build programs to inspire us all to be better citizens and to help young leaders develop their ideas. This will be a design year for us, and we hope you’ll join in.”
Sources: The Hill, Obama.org / Photo credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr