- In 2009, Obama signed The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This made it easier to challenge unequal pay complaints and designed to help address the wage gap between men and women. Business now have to report pay data by race and gender
- Obama appointed Eric Holder as attorney general, Lis Jackson as head of the EPA, and Charles Bolden as chief of NASA – all three are the first to hold their positions.
- The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010. This cut black uninsured rate by a third.
- Under the affordable care act, all employers and insurers had to provide access to birth control at no cost to employees. This effects Blacks and Latinos the most
- First sitting president to visit a federal correction facility, first to oversee a sustained reduction in incarceration rate in a half century, issued clemency to nearly 1,000 inmates
- Signed an executive order to “ban the box” in federal hiring and contracting. Government employers can’t ask about criminal records at the beginning of the application process.
- In 2010, Obama signed the fair sentencing act. This reduces the disparity in sentencing when it comes to powder cocaine and crack cocaine, a major issue since the 1980s
- Pell grant funding for HBCU Students increased significantly between 2007 and 2014, growing from $523 million to $824 million
- President Obama has made 62 lifetime appointments of African Americans to serve on the federal bench
- President Barack Obama signed a bill authorizing water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan
President Barack Obama was the first Black President of the United States and entered the White House during a recession that could potentially have turned into a depression. Many would make the argument that he didn’t do enough on black civil rights. Enacting no black legislation that directly effected black people.
From the research I’ve done, Obama did a lot of things that helped out the black community even though the laws were not exclusively for blacks. Blacks finished better than they started under his administration even though many policies Obama wanted to pass (including comprehensive justice reform) were blocked on purpose by a senate majority.