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Panel Discussion: Obama: Job Well Done?

Ajamu Baraka on a Panel on Obama with Nelson Abbey:

In 2008 Barack Obama became the first African American President of the United States of America.

For many black people this instantly propelled him into the revered ranks of historical heroes such as Kwame Nkrumah, Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X.

The first time he was elected he gained 96% of the black vote.

When he was re-elected in 2012 he gained 93% of the black vote.

Even elite black Republicans such as Colin Powell voted for him. Twice!

For the first time in American history a higher percentage of black people turned out to vote than white people.

Black people believed in Barack Obama. Black people loved Barack Obama. Black people delivered for Barack Obama.

But did President Barack Obama deliver enough to demonstrate that he loved them back? This one-off special Black History Month debate will seek to explore this.  

For black people were Obama '08 and '12 merely symbolic victories? Or victories that delivered substantively? Did President Obama deliver on Hope and Change for black people?

Clive Myrie (BBC News) will chair an illustrious panel of leading journalists, renowned commentators, public intellectuals and business leaders for an evening of stimulating debate on how the Obama years impacted black people.

The debate will end with a simple audience vote on the following question:

“Did Obama's presidency deliver for black people: Yes or No?

Earlier Event: October 19
Flint, Michigan
Later Event: October 24
South Bend, Indiana