Black + Iconic: Barack Obama

Howard University sophomore Cameron remembers what the impact was of seeing the young Illinois senator rising to the height of power in the U.S.

In 2008, Barack Obama changed the course of history when he became the first Black person to become President of the United States. But as his memoirs tell us, it was a long way from being raised by his mother and grandparents in Honolulu, to his self-discovery in Los Angeles, and finally to his political pathway in Chicago. He has said that he didn’t envision becoming president when he was a young state senator in Illinois, but that changed as he grew in the political culture of the state and finally saw an opportunity in the 2008 presidential election. 

He once said: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”.

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