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General Information

Name:  Barack Obama  

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Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii


Illinois Connection

President Obama moved to Chicago in 1985 to work as the director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP), a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes in Greater Roseland (Roseland, West Pullman, and Riverdale) on Chicago's far South Side. He worked there until May 1988 after which he entered Harvard Law School in late 1988. During his summers, he returned to Chicago where he worked as a summer associate at the law firms of Sidley & Austin in 1989 and Hopkins & Sutter in 1990. After graduating with magna cum laude with his JD from Harvard in 1991, he returned to Chicago. From 1992 to 2004, Obama served as a professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. From 1993 to 1996, he joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a twelve-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development as an associate and then became counsel from 1996 to 2004. In 1996, Obama was elected to the 13th District of the Illinois Senate - which at that time, included Chicago South Side neighborhoods from Hyde Park-Kenwood south to South Shore and west to Chicago Lawn. He was reelected to the Illinois Senate in 1998 and again in 2002. Obama also served as a US Senator from January 4, 2005 to November 16, 2008 and continued to live in the south suburbs of Chicago during that time.

Biographical and Professional Information

Barack Obama served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African American to be elected to the presidency.

A graduate from Harvard Law School in 1991, he served as the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He also worked as a community organizer, civil rights attorney, and law professor.

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-- """Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters""" *Young Reader's Choice Awards Grades 3-5, Louisiana, 2013