Walking in the Front Door

As the Obama family prepares to take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Henry Louis Gates Jr. takes us through a visual history of African Americans in the White House.

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Many of us today can remember when it was a huge deal for a black person to enter the White House through the front door, and not through the servants’ entrance. As the Obama family takes up residence at the White House, Henry Louis Gates Jr. gives the history of this remarkable journey.