With a flourish of pride and patriotism, BET celebrated Barack Obama’s eight-year run as president with an emotional send-off on his last day in office. Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama followed a month-long series of BET documentaries and specials honoring the first couple and their many achievements.
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Directed by legendary filmmaker Stanley Nelson and narrated by actor Jesse Williams, Through the Fire honored America’s 44th president by blending archival footage with social and political influencers who voiced their appreciation for Obama and the First Family with tearful and provocative testimonials: actor Samuel L. Jackson, rapper Common, singer-songwriter Usher, hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons, multi-instrumentalist Questlove, rapper Will.i.am, DreamWorks Animation President Mellody Hobson, Obama Administration advisor Valerie Jarrett, Scary Movie franchise actress Regina Hall, and self-proclaimed “social justice accelerator and attorney” Van Jones.
Click here for a clip of Jones’ emotional account of Obama’s election.
Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama, one of many sentimental tributes to our first African-American President’s last days in office, boasts Obama’s spirit of promoting equality for all races in America.
Celebrate Black History Month by re-watching the full documentary here and join BET in saluting the hippest POTUS and FLOTUS in history.