A month ago my friend and I took our children to visit our alma mater, Occidental College. In front of Haines Hall is an amazing collage of black and white photos of a young Barack Obama. From what I had gathered, his old dorm room was kept as a shrine to America’s first black president. Although he spent only two years at Oxy, he had referred to these early years in his education as his motivation to persue politics.
Barack Obama is living history and it won’t be until later his accomplishments will be properly examined and appreciated. In 1998 Tupac Shakur rapped in Changes,
” And although it seems heaven sent, we ain’t ready, to see a black President, uhh”
10 years later a junior senator from Chicago gave Americans of all races, creeds, and colors a message of “yes, we can” and “hope and change”. The ballot or the bullet message from Malcolm X given 44 years before most likely hit the target. With a youthful wife and young daughters in tow, Barack became the 44th president of the United States. His message galvanized a generation to turn away from seasoned politicians like McCain and Hillary Clinton.
A mere 145 years after the abolition of slavery, a black man was elected to the highest office in the United States. Black men and women were not officially included in the US Constitution until 1868 which was a mere 143 years ago. It’s important to teach our children that Barack Obama’s achievement was loooked upon as an impossiblity decades ago.