Meet the first black men in leadership roles in U.S. politics

Farida Dawkins January 17, 2018

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Barack Hussein Obama IIFirst Black President of the U. S.

Born on August 4, 1961, and raised mostly in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama served as the first African-American president from 2009-2017.

In 1983 after earning a degree from Columbia University in New York, he relocated back to Chicago to work as a community organizer. 1988 he enrolled at Harvard Law School and became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. After earning his degree from Harvard University, Obama became a civil rights attorney and professor teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992-2004.

From 1997-2004 Obama served as the Illinois Senator representing the 13th district subsequently running for U.S. Senate in which he won.

After serving in the U.S. Senate for four years in 2008, Obama was nominated for president and took the seat in 2009.  Also in 2009, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  During Obama’s first administration he signed many groundbreaking laws into fruition including the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly referred to as “Obamacare.”

2013 signaled another win for Obama as he was re-elected as president of the U.S. During his second tenure, Obama fought for gun control laws, issued executive actions against climate control and immigration, ended the U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan, and stabilized U.S. relations with Cuba ending the long instated embargo.

Obama left office with a 60% approval rating and a C-SPAN conducted a poll that concluded Obama ranked 12th best president.

These men helped paved the way for the equality of African-Americans and are sure to usher in even more progression with the passing of time.


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