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Barack Obama signs civil rights oral history bill, quietly

May 12, 2009 |  6:06 pm

Democrat president Barack Obama signs bill requiring an oral history of the civil rights movements with House Democrats around him 5-12-09
Here's a White House photograph released today of President Obama signing a bill with a bunch of congressional VIPs gathered around. All happen to be Democrats.

The bill, H.R. 586, requires the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institution to establish a civil rights oral history program.

But because the signing of the oral history measure wasn't really a public event, we don't really have an oral history of it.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Pete Souza / White House

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