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Release Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:50 PM
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Howard Hosts “Wrestling with Destiny” - A Look Behind the Scenes of Obama’s First Term in Photographs

President Obama takes a seat on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. -Photographs by Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer

WASHINGTON (January 7, 2013) – The Howard University Moorland-Spingarn Research Center will host a major photography exhibition documenting President Barack Obama’s first term as President of the United States as part of a University-wide commemoration of Obama’s second inauguration.

Entitled “Wrestling with Destiny: The Obama White House, 2009-2013,” the exhibit is curated by Howard Dodson, director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, and presented in conjunction with the Howard University Libraries, the Official White House Photographer and the Howard University Obama Inaugural Commemorative Committee.

Featuring some 60 photographs selected by the Official White House Photographer Pete Souza from his extensive archive, the exhibit highlights achievements by Obama that have frequently been overlooked in an era of political gridlock in Washington. The exhibit provides an informed context for critically assessing Obama’s first term and envisioning his second, which will be the focus of the other pre-inaugural programs.

The VIP opening will take place on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Moorland-Spingarn Gallery in Founders Library, 500 Howard Place N.W., on the Howard University Quadrangle. It will open to the public on Friday, Jan. 18 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The exhibit will reopen to the public Monday, Jan. 21 and will run through Friday, Feb. 28. The hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.  For more information, call (202) 806-7239.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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