Had honor and privilege to interview Piper’s mother Allison Shillingford at NY Chess Kids Tournament.
Did not know it at time of shoot, but Piper is quite a girl. In fact, she represented her school at groundbreaking ceremony for Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Interview with Allison, mother of Piper at NY Chess Kids Tournament
Apparently Piper attended the event and another girl was supposed to meet and greet President and first lady. But that girl could not do it and Piper was asked to take her place. Piper’s parents were watching the event and suddenly realized that their own daughter was on stage. They were presently surprised to see Piper on stage with Obama.
Four-year-old Piper Shillingford from Montessori Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., approaches First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama. Students from the school had collected $600 in coins and presented it during Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture groundbreaking which was held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.
President and first lady Michelle Obama greet Piper Shillingford and Ajani Joseph Grant, Both are students at a Stuyvesant Heights Montessori school.
The museum, which will be located near the Washington Monument, is scheduled to open in 2015. “It is on this spot,” said President Obama, “that generations will remember the sometimes difficult, often inspirational, but always central role that African Americans have played in the life of our country.”
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