When history assesses the Obama presidency one thing will eventually be unmistakable: he filled his administration with exceptional, but understated people. No one fits that description more than David Johns, the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

In this great video done by Loudspeaker films Johns talks about the motivation he gained as a first generation college graduate, kindergarten teacher, and advocate of elevating young people to be their own leaders. Having come from one of Los Angeles’ criminally under-resourced communities he knows what it means to beat the odds, and how important it is to have people believe in the potential and brilliance of our youth.


Chris Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of Education Post, a media project of the Results in Education Foundation. He is a lifelong activist and 20-year supporter of nonprofit and education-related causes. Stewart has served as the director of outreach and external affairs for Education Post, the executive director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), and an elected member of the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education.


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