Saturday, 8 May 2021

hair like mine

This candid, spontaneous photograph—taken on this day in 2009 by White House official photographer Pete Souza has become an iconic image and represents a milestone in the civil rights struggle in the US.
The five-year-old Jacob Philadelphia was visiting President Obama in the Oval Office along with his family—his father having served as a member of the National Security Staff for the past two years and was departing for another assignment—and quietly asked the above question. In response, Obama bowed down and invited Jacob to touch it and see.