When President Obama and the first lady leave the White House, there will not be a dry eye in sight. And in a special collector’s issue of Essence, the President and Michelle Obama talk about their legacy and what they’ll remember once they leave.

“I think when it comes to Black kids, it means something for them to have spent most of their life seeing the family in the White House look like them,” Mrs. Obama said. “It matters. All the future work that Barack talked about, I think over these last few years, we’ve kind of knocked the ceiling of limitation off the roofs of many young kids; imaginations of what’s possible for them. And as a mother, I wouldn’t underestimate how important that is, having that vision that you can really do anything—not because somebody told you, but because you’ve seen and experienced it. I think that will be a lasting impact on our kids.”

And of course the President is particularly proud of one initiative.

“For me, things like My Brother’s Keeper,” he said. “That’s something I’m confident we’ll be continuing after we leave.”

The special cover goes on sale Sept. 9!

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