President Barack H. Obama
His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.
In Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama narrates his life up until he enrolled at Harvard Law School.
Obama’s parents, Kenyan Barack Obama Sr. and American Ann Dunham, were both students at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii at Manoa when young Barack was born in 1961. His parents separated and divorce in 1964 and Obama Sr. returned to his home in Kenya. Obama was only to see his father again once more, in 1971 when Obama Sr. visited Hawaii for a month. Obama Sr. died in a car accident in 1982.
After her divorce, Ann Dunham married Lolo Soetoro and they, along with young Barack, moved to Jakarta. When Obama was ten years old he was sent back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents so that he could take advantage of the greater educational opportunities available in the United States. It was while he was enrolled at Punahou School, a private college-preparatory school, that Obama first became aware of racism and what it means to be African-American. He was one of three black children in the school.
When given the choice of returning to live with his mother or staying at his high school in Hawaii, he chose to stay at the school. It appears he understood the benefits of such an education and had the strength to survive in such a complex environment. It surely was not easy, but just look at the results!
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Read Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama and learn more.