Black Doll Affair,
Congratulations on receiving
The President's Volunteer Service Award
and thank you for helping our country to address the most pressing needs in your community and our country.
In my Inaugural Address, I stated that we need a new era of responsibility - a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our Nation, and the world. These are duties that we do not grudgingly accept, but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit than giving our all to a difficult task. Your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community that moves America a step closer to its great promise.
Our Nation faces the most challenging economic crisis in a lifetime. We will only renew America if we all work together. Individuals, the private sector, and government must combine efforts to make real and lasting change so that each person has the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential.
While government can open more opportunities for us to serve our communities, it is up to each of us to seize those opportunities. Thank your for your devotion to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great nation.
Presented by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation to:
THE BLACK DOLL AFFAIR
In recognition and appreciation of your commitment to strengthening our
Nation and for making a difference through volunteer service.
A word from The Founder of The Black Doll Affair, Dana Hill ...
When President Barack Obama was elected, much like when I was watching the doll test on Oprah and was moved to start this movement, I was moved to respond to his call to service. It was then, that I decided to create the Washington DC Playground Chapter of The Black Doll Affair. But, I wanted to do more. I wanted to create a group of leaders that lead the way in service. That's when I created the Ambassadolls of The Black Doll Affair. The Black Dolls Affair's slogan is "We're pretty...philanthropic." Ambassadors of philanthropy, the Ambassadoll's slogan is "We're pretty...good Samaritans." Dolls, from the first black President in US history, congratulations to hue on receiving this honor. It's official, you did and do good! OK, back to our pretty...philanthropic work! Keep it moving people nothing to see here!
Like the legacy of the civil rights movement, The Black Doll Affair movement, whispers to my soul that our Affairs are much more than a plastic doll. In the bravery of Harriet, Martin, Rosa and Abraham, my BODY marches on and my MIND moves FREE, beyond small thoughts of self-hatred and inequality. In the words of our
Honorary Black Doll Queen
, it's a great time in history to be a Black Doll! To quote one of our two
Super Dedicated Dana Dolls, Lauren
, next time you see a friend, stop em' and ask: "I'm a Black Doll! Hue are you?"
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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 31, 2012
Presidential Proclamation -- National African American History Month,
2012 Theme: "Black Women in American Culture and History"
The story of African Americans is a story of resilience and perseverance.
It traces a people who refused to accept the circumstances under which they arrived on these shores, and it chronicles the generations who fought for an America that truly reflects the ideals enshrined in our founding documents. It is the narrative of slaves who shepherded others along the path to freedom and preachers who organized against the rules of Jim Crow, of young people who sat-in at lunch counters and ordinary men and women who took extraordinary risks to change our Nation for the better. During National African American History Month, we celebrate the rich legacy of African Americans and honor the remarkable contributions they have made to perfecting our Union.
This year's theme, "Black Women in American Culture and History,"
invites us to pay special tribute to the role African American women have played in shaping the character of our Nation -- often in the face of both racial and gender discrimination. As courageous visionaries who led the fight to end slavery and tenacious activists who fought to expand basic civil rights to all Americans, African American women have long served as champions of social and political change. And from the literary giants who gave voice to their communities to the artists whose harmonies and brush strokes captured hardships and aspirations, African American women have forever enriched our cultural heritage. Today, we stand on the shoulders of countless African American women who shattered glass ceilings and advanced our common goals. In recognition of their legacy, let us honor their heroic and historic acts for years to come.
The achievements of African American women are not limited to those recorded and retold in our history books.
Their impact is felt in communities where they are quiet heroes who care for their families, in boardrooms where they are leaders of industry, in laboratories where they are discovering new technologies, and in classrooms where they are preparing the next generation for the world they will inherit. As we celebrate the successes of African American women, we recall that progress did not come easily, and that our work to widen the circle of opportunity for all Americans is not complete. With eyes cast toward new horizons, we must press on in pursuit of a high-quality education for every child, a job for every American who wants one, and a fair chance at prosperity for every individual and family across our Nation.
During National African American History Month,
we pay tribute to the contributions of past generations and reaffirm our commitment to keeping the American dream alive for the next generation. In honor of those women and men who paved the way for us, and with great expectations for those to follow, let us continue the righteous cause of making America what it should be -- a Nation that is more just and more equal for all its people.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America,
by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2012 as National African American History Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF
, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.