Photo via African Americans for Obama Facebook page

I was perusing the African Americans for President Obama Facebook page when I saw an image that nearly stopped my heart.

A pretty, little brown girl is hugging the President in the shadow of President Lincoln’s portrait. According to the caption, the photo of three-year-old Arianna Holmes was taken in February as the President was getting ready to take a photo with the Holmes family. Little Arianna’s mother, Angela Holmes, was a departing Special Assistant in the International Economic Affairs office of the National Security Staff.

Not only is the photo absolutely adorable, but it shows that despite our shortcomings as a nation and the real racial divides that continue to persist, we have come a long, long way since out 16th president, Abe Lincoln, signed the Emancipation Proclamation which freed many of our ancestors.

This is what progress looks like folks. Now, let’s keep working to ensure that all of our kids are as loved, welcomed, and appreciated as little Arianna.

  • SheThrives11


  • Mocha

    Melt my heart

  • Sasha

    what a beautiful picture, my heart just melted a bit

  • harlemlonestar


  • Dalili

    Aaawwww, how cute! :-)

  • myblackfriendsays


  • Bosslady


  • Isis


  • chic therapy

    Love the meaning you read into the picture!

  • babe

    Beautiful, let’s join together to give President Obama another four years people!!!!!!!

  • HowApropos…

    ….my heart just melted outta my pores…what a cutie!…

  • LemonNLime

    Not to be a Debbie downer but Lincoln didn’t set the slaves free. While the emancipation did “free” slaves, it was only in southern states which of course weren’t in his control so it did nothing. Northern states with slaves, I want to say Maryland and possibly Delaware, we’re exempt from freeing their slaves.

    That little girl is adorable though!

  • Yb

    +1 Preach. People give Abe too much credit.

  • TypicalBlackWoman…

    I don’t know why I saw the beginning of your statement and thought you were going say, “lets join together and give him another baby.”

    But yes, the photo is too cute.

  • No

    Cuuute overload. The puffs. The AFRO PUFFS.

    I was thinking about how much I loved my puffs when I was little because the other day a cute little black girl with her hair pressed within and inch of it’s life looked up at me, pointing, and said to her mother “What’s wrong with her hair?” The mother looked embarrassed and skirted away. But this photo is giving me life again.

  • Myisha of Pink Panties & Leopard Lipstick


  • Bosslady

    I’ve always known Abraham Lincoln did not free saves, however he along with many other contribute towards freeing slaves, and to my knowledge he was the first president and white man to be so vocal about his distaste for slavery, so I rate him for that.

  • melinda jg hyman

    This is trully beautiful from the true unbiased arms of babies. Touched by and Angel.

  • olivia

    I am laughing my balls off at ” little brown girl” DAFUQ?

  • Kam

    Eh, he may not have liked slavery but he didn’t really think to highly of Black people. That little girl’s face steals my heart more than Obama or Lincoln ever could.

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