Edited By Venise T. Berry, Anita Fleming-Rife and Ayo Dayo
Introduction: From Slavery to the Presidency
VENISE T. BERRY
From slavery to the presidency—adapting that popular Virginia Slims ad from the 1970s—We’ve come a long way baby! When Barack Obama became the first African American president of the United States on November 5, 2008, in many ways it was a milestone that marked an important turning point in American history. Some believed that it meant America had moved into a post-racial society (Schorr, 2008; Lum, 2009; Steele, 2008). Others argued that we were still in the middle of a crucial struggle for justice and equality, and a Black president simply widened the gap between us and them (C. Jones, 2015; Butler, 2013; Squires, 2014).
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