Two Poems

never in my life By Adrian Arancibia this evening reaches out like an empty hand though mine are full beer scraping sighs winding down this evening like so many evenings before it writes a story, a poem little anecdotes,...

My Mother and Barack Obama: Columbia Alums

By Thema Sibeko My mother took her undergraduate studies in Political Science at Columbia University … graduating in 1983 with Barack Obama. Age 40 at the time, she often remarked that she was the oldest student in her c...

The Legacy of Barack Obama: Self-Perception Matters

By Bummi Niyonu Anderson  Even as a child of the post-Civil Rights Movement and coming from parents who worked in the Movement, I still did not believe. I recall that November night in 2008 when Barack Obama won the pres...

The Obama Presidency and My Wokeness

By Min Pai The when of my journey of wokeness happened during Barack Obama’s presidency. The seeds of the how and the why were planted much earlier. I remember coming back to America in the late 90s, after seven years &h...

For Lorenzo: Image In the Age of Obama

By Reverend Leah D. Daughtry In November 2008, I was standing in Grant Park with thousands of my closest friends, waiting for the next President of the United States to take the stage. I was restless and tired and my &he...

Thanks, Obama

By Olivia Jordan 2008 was overall a pretty forgettable year for me. I was 10 years old, shy, clumsy, and right at the commencement of a painful six-year awkward phase. Not a lot stands out to me about that year … ...

Two of the most important men in My Life

By Rebecca Cokley I’m a second-generation little person on both sides of my family, born and raised in the Bay but in DC since 2004. Disability is as much a part of me as my red hair and freckles. I …

Prayers for Obama … and beyond

By Nancy Faram The first time I heard Barack Obama speak was at the Democratic National Convention. He mesmerized me with his tone and with his words because it felt like he was speaking directly to me. I believe in &hel...

The Wonder Years: Obama’s Presidency

By Nikasi Doorn On January 20 of 2009, we witnessed something amazing. You couldn’t drive past a street corner without seeing blue signs proudly promoting the Obama/Biden campaign. The cry of “YES WE CAN!” was on everybo...

Memories of October 2008

 By Lisa Coffman Back in October 2008, I walked into the Obama for America office near Lafayette Square in Indianapolis looking to volunteer. I was definitely late to the Obama party, supporting Hillary Clinton in the In...