This week, former President Barack Obama turned 60, and civil rights leaders, journalists, and close colleagues are reviewing his political career in a new documentary.
Pursuing a Better Alliance” is a three-part compilation of fragments from Obama’s early years as a child, law student, and professional politician, focusing on How race and identity shaped his two administrations.
This documentary, directed by Peter Kunhardt and produced by Jelani Cobb, interviews members of Obama’s close political circle, including David Axelrod, Valle Lee Jarrett, and the late Rep. John Lewis, who recalled Obama’s political trip to the White House.
Barack Obama’s 60th birthday party:
Lewis said in the second part of the documentary:
“I never thought I would live to see a black (or) a black woman as president of the United States of America.”
Other key moments in the series:
Why Obama gave up Barry as a nickname
In “Obama”, the classmates shared life memories with Obama but used a name that is different from what is called him in other parts of the world-Barry.
Obama said in the archive video that he stopped using Barry after his father died in 1982. Use the names they share to live.
“My Father’s Dream”:
Barack Obama adapted memoirs for young readers, Author Ta-Nehisi Coates reflects on Obama’s decision to abandon his nickname, saying that the concept is familiar.
Lewis recalled his emotions on election night in 2008
The producer of “Obama” was able to get a deep reflection from Congressman Lewis, who died in July last year after fighting cancer. As a giant of the civil rights movement, Congressman John Lewis, who “risked his life and blood”, died of cancer at the age of 80. The later members of Congress reflected that they believed that the first black person was to be elected to the highest office.
Obama’s presidency has brought false optimism about post-racial America. Obama certainly made American history in the 2008 election. Michele Norris, Washington Post columnist and former host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” discusses some of the eras that are considered to be racial descendants.
Obama’s eight years in the White House coincided with the killing of Trevor Martin and Michael Brown, the rise of the Black’s Fate Movement, and the mass shooting by Dylann Roof in a church in Charleston, South Carolina that killed 9 blacks.
This series of documentaries explored how these events reflected the state of race relations at the time.
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