The Obama Family’s Chicago Home
Backstory and Context
Barack Huessin Obama II was born on August 4th, 1961 in Honolulu Hawaii. In his speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention he mentioned that the name Barack means “blessed”, while also noting that, “in a tolerant nation your name is no barrier to success.” Breaking barriers seemed natural to Barack Obama. As he was not only the first African American president of the United States, but also the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review. His articulation of gratitude towards the crowd listening demonstrated his humility and sense of self. This sense of self had been acquired in his journey through life that had been “supported by the diversity of my heritage”.
Barack’s legacy has been shared with former First Lady Michelle Obama and their two children, Sasha and Malia. The terms the Obama family spent in the White House demonstrated that since its founding, America has drastically changed. “Change”, the slogan of the Obama campaign, rings true in many spheres of American life. Especially in the appreciation of diversity that must continue to grow. Despite the good that has come with change, segregation of the past can be said to have negative impacts on people to this day.
Social injustice was the focus of Barack’s career. Before his work as President, he worked with churches as a community organizer to improve housing conditions on Chicago’s southside. His work for the people began to take place at the government level in 1996 when he was elected to the Illinois Senate. After, Barack was selected to the United States senate in 2004. It was just about this time when Barack’s poise and ideals began to grow on the nation, the Obama family purchased their Kenwood home, and the people demonstrated a triumph over a nation of past injustices, evidently seen in Barack Obama’s victorious campaign for presidency.
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