When: November 4, 2008

Where: United States of America

On Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, Barack Obama was elected as the first Black President of the United States. Throughout both of his terms in office, Obama shone as a beacon for the Black Atlantic globally as conversations were struck up from Canada to the United Kingdom about the very real possibilities of Black leaders. Many of Obama’s changes in office resulted in positive change for African-Americans as a whole in the United States. Overall, Obama’s election ignited hope globally for the future of Black people.


Further Reading:

Augoustinos, Martha and Stephanie De Garis. “’Too black or not black enough’: Social Identity Complexity in the Political Rhetoric of Barack Obama.” European Journal of Social Psychology 42, no. 5 (2012): 564-577.

DeVinney, Daniel J. “Legitimizing the First Black Presidency: Cinematic History and Rhetorical Vision in Barack Obama’s 2008 Victory Speech.” The Southern Communications Journal 86, no. 1 (2021): 5-16.

Dyson, Michael Eric. “Whose President Was He?” Politico. January/February 2016.

Dyson, Michael Eric. The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.

Gosa, Travis L and Erik Nielson. The Hip Hop & Obama Reader. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Kurtz, Jeffrey B. “’To Have your experience denied…it hurts.’: Barack Obama, James Baldwin, and the Politics of Black Anger.” The Howard Journal of Communications 28, no. 1 (2017): 93-106.

Logan, Enid. “Barack Obama, The New Politics of Race, and Classed Constructions of Racial Blackness.” Sociological Quarterly 55, no. 4 (2014): 653-682.

Pease, Donald E. “Black Orpheus, Barack Obama’s Governmentality.” Altre Modernita 2(2011): 1-28.

Watt, Nicholas. “Will We Ever See a British Obama?” The Guardian. November 7, 2008.