Black history fact #27
Barack Hussein Obama Jr. is an American lawyer, author, Nobel Peace Prize winner, politician, and 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He is the first person of African descent to serve as President of the United States. Born in Honolulu in 1961, Obama excelled in school and became the first black editor of the "Harvard Law Review" in 1990. The following year he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. After graduating, he moved to Chicago, where he worked as a civil rights lawyer and taught constitutional law part-time at the University of Chicago Law School. In 1995, he published an autobiography, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," which was later reprinted in 2004 and adapted into a children's book. He started his political career in 1996, after he ran for and won a seat in the Illinois State Senate. In 2004, Obama ran for and won a vacant seat in the US Senate representing Illinois. Four years later, on November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States, making him the first black person to hold this office. During his first 100 days in office, he was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to improve America's foreign policy. In 2011, he approved a covert Navy Seals operation in Pakistan that led to the killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden. Obama won a second term of presidency in 2012.