This collection of students’ letters accompanied with President Obama’s responses, speeches, public statements, and quotations during his campaign, tenure as President-Elect, and his presidency is the most comprehensive collection of letters and responses ever assembled as a book in the history of our nation for a sitting president. This historic collection of letters featuring the voices of today’s young leaders and their mission to be heard is a rarity. Letters addressed to the President of the United States ...
This collection of students’ letters accompanied with President Obama’s responses, speeches, public statements, and quotations during his campaign, tenure as President-Elect, and his presidency is the most comprehensive collection of letters and responses ever assembled as a book in the history of our nation for a sitting president. This historic collection of letters featuring the voices of today’s young leaders and their mission to be heard is a rarity. Letters addressed to the President of the United States are kept sealed by the government office for up to twelve years after the president has left office.
The young people’s letters cover a wide range of human emotions, fears, and concerns and echo President Obama’s message for change as these young people make their spiritual and intellectual pilgrimage into adult citizenship.
Their letters in Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons– A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders reveal they have concern for peace, healthcare, freedom, education, poverty, religious tolerance, love, materialism, and equality in America. Their letters address our nation’s unattended concerns like immigration issues, crime, poverty, global climate change, economic issues, racism, war, religion, same-sex marriage, discrimination, and many more. They recognize that President Obama shares their creativity, concerns, and supports their mission with his words and actions.
From these letters, we learn that these young citizens are committed to their country and the world. They are not quitters. From President Obama we learn the importance of listening to one another, and of perseverance. We learn in desperate times, we must have faith and know we are empowered to change the circumstances and conditions of our lives and the destiny of America for the better.
This was made evident by Ty’Sheoma Bethea, the young girl from South Carolina who appeared at Obama’s 1st joint session speech to Congress asking her government to use stimulus funds to make repairs to her dilapidated school, and by the several thousand letters received by the Keeper of the Word Foundation.
The personal thoughts of the writers are a rare and private glimpse into the dialogue between our nation’s youth and their sitting president in office. Their letters, including those of the Boston Latin School of Massachusetts are priceless, timeless, inspiring and powerful.
In some of the President’s remarks, President Obama talks of global lessons or universal lessons of change taught to him by his mother and discoveries from prior leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Franklin Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela. He speaks as to how these lessons can transform the lives of our youth by adopting the values of perseverance, power of one, confidence, purpose, sacrifice, patience, unity, integrity, courage, dignity, selflessness, and commitment.
Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons– A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders focuses on values, lessons of life, and truths that we have coined as “Global Lessons” from America’s Young Leaders. The concept was inspired from the multi-award winning book Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today’s Youth and the Keeper of the Word Foundation’s exhibit entitled, “Dear Mr. Mandela…Dear Mrs. Parks: Children’s Letters, Global Lessons,” presented in South Africa and at Michigan State University. Thousands of young leaders in Obama Talks Back are in search for a better America and the book was conceived to share their and President Obama's ideas and thoughts with America and their future generations.
It is recommended that every Home, Library, University, Bookstore and College, have this important book for the many upcoming generations of young leaders to read and remember the words of this historic 44th President of the United States of America.
Chapters in Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons– A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders include: "Message to Young People"; "The Letters: What I Want for You and Every Child"; "Obama Talks Back On: Education/Digital Currency, Courage and Hope, War-Crime-Non-Violence & Justice, The Economy, Social Concern-Activism-Family-Parenting"; "Obama Talks to American Students"; "Spiritual Journal to the White House"; "President Obama's Most Notable Speeches".
Obama Talks Back: is an eye opener and an essential piece of reading for both America’s families and America’s leaders. It connects us to where we are in terms of values and lessons in the 21st century.” - Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI
Obama Talks Back: provides a rare glimpse into the private letters sent to the President.
Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue with America's Young Leaders was compiled by Gregory J. Reed, Esq and the Keeper of the Word Foundation. Mr. Reed has been an active practitioner in the legal profession for twenty plus years. His clients are preeminent in their fields; his professional and civic contributions carry national and international significance.
Mr. Reed’s fields of specialty in the legal profession include entertainment, intellectual properties, corporate, and tax laws. He is the author of sixteen books, many of which are award winners. In 2008, Mr. Reed and his foundation, Keeper of the Word, were designated to be the guest curator with the Michigan State University Museum and the Nelson Mandela Museum in South Africa to present an exhibit in South Africa entitled, “Dear Mr. Mandela…Dear Mrs. Parks: Children’s Letters, Global Lessons,” the first international collaborative exhibit between America and South Africa. Reed was selected as Nelson Mandela’s personal escort for the exhibit premiere.