Former President Barack Obama speaks at The Richmond Forum

Posted at 7:30 PM, Nov 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-19 14:13:32-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Former President Barack Obama spoke at The Richmond Forum when the series kicked off its 32nd season Saturday night.

"President Obama is, by far, the speaker most requested by our subscribers for next season," Forum Executive Director Bill Chapman said in a post in April on The Richmond Forum website.

In addition to his remarks, Mr. Obama answered questions from the audience at the Altria Theater.

Shela Dean attended the forum.

"It was a breath of fresh air to once again hear intelligent, thoughtful and articulate ideas about both a national and a global society that works for all people," Dean wrote. "I have long believed that 'citizen' is a verb and I was reminded tonight how important it is to participate in our democracy if it is to survive the challenges it faces today."

Former presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, have all participated in The Richmond Forum, according to the organization's website.

Other 2017-2018 Richmond Forum speakers include actress Glenn Close, entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, and MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough.

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