Barack Obama

charleene, 24 August 2008, No comments
Categories: Civil Rights

 Barack Obama, Rolling Stone no. 1048, March 2008 Photographic Print

Barack Obama (1961 – ?) is currently the first African American presidential nominee running for a major U.S. political party in history. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to a Caucasian American mother and a Kenyan father. His parents divorced when he was two years old, and he moved with his mother to Indonesia in 1967. There he learned to speak fluent Indonesian, and his half sister was born to an Indonesian father. His cultural diversity and experience made him aware of the racial imbalances in the world when he was still a small child. He moved back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents when he was ten, and was one of only three African Americans to graduate from a prestigious high school. He graduated with honors. Later, he graduated from Columbia University in 1983 with a degree in political science. In 1985, he moved to Chicago and began work as a community organizer for housing to aid low income families. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991 and had the honor of holding the position as the first African American editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, Barack returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer as well as teach classes at the University of Chicago Law School. He published a book in 1995 entitled Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance and won a Grammy for its audio counterpart. He was elected in 1996 to the Illinois State Senate as a Democrat, and during that time he advocated and actively made changes for humanitarian reconstruction efforts. In 2004, he was the third African American elected to the U.S. Senate. His efforts have included finding peaceful alternatives to war, developing alternative energy, minimizing lobbying to members of Congress, and destroying weapons of mass destruction in Eastern Europe and Russia. Having such a culturally diverse background has given more people an ability to relate to him as a presidential nominee, and his drive and passion for humanitarian reconstruction has made him a force for positive change in our world.

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