From the Southside of Chicago to the White House: OBAMA

Hello World.

Today in Black History, lets talk about the 44th President of the United States of America.  Excuse me, the FIRST BLACK President of the United States of America.

Barack Obama

I remember like it was yesterday, the night he won the election and the day of the inauguration back in 2008.  African-Americans really thought that we had overcome.  I can remember my grandmother telling me that she never thought she would live to see the day a black man would become President.  The moment was surreal.  I watched as Mrs. Obama gracefully walked those cold Washington D.C. streets in that lemon/lime green suit.  Mr. Obama strolled with grace and dignity.  For once, we felt powerful and in control.  But how did Obama get to this place?  How did he manage to get into the White House?

Join me each week in a 6 part series listening to the podcast of, Making Obama by WBEZ Chicago public radio.  Here in the podcast they not only detail Obama’s journey but they do a really good job of laying out all the information for us which allows us to connect the dots.  You’re bound to learn something you didn’t already know.  I’m enjoying this podcast because of its focus on Obama’s path from being a community organizer to becoming the President opposed to his life as President.  Which I think we are all somewhat familiar with.

In the first episode alone, we learn about Barack Obama’s confidence, his perseverance, and his desire to help others.  He comes from a Kenyan father and a white mother.  He’s different and he’s a servant.  He truly believes the saying, “You can be anything you want to be.”  The Making Obama podcast is already 2 weeks in; be sure to go and catch up!

President Obama will forever be a part of Black History and an inspiration for all little black boys and girls, now and in the future.

If you’re listening to the podcast I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. 

This post features affiliated links but all opinions in this post are all my own

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