African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Dr. Kevin Cokley Op-Ed: "‘Our children can become president, too’: Obama’s presidency was a dream realized"

Mon, January 23, 2017
Dr. Kevin Cokley Op-Ed:
Large crowds watch the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States on January 20, 2009, in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Friday marks the end of the historic and improbable presidency of Barack Hussein Obama, the first black president of the United States.

In his 2008 victory speech, President Obama emphasized a message of hope, saying that “change had come to America.” His presidency marked what some believed was a milestone in race relations and the ushering in of a “postracial” country.

For African-Americans, President Obama was a powerful symbol of what they and their children could achieve in a country with a history of anti-black racism and oppression. So what was the psychological impact of Barack Obama’s presidency on black America?

Read Dr. Cokley's thoughts here

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