Thank you President and First Lady Obama

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) pose for a family portrait in the Rose Garden of the White House on Easter Sunday in 2015. (Handout/Getty Images)

Celebrate Obama’s 1st Year in Office With a Baracko Coin

An African American expat in Greece designed the Baracko coin to celebrate Obama’s historic US Presidential victory. Now you can celebrate his first year in office with your own Baracko coin.

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Here is me in my Baracko! I gave my parents and sister the coins and am going for more medallions.

Me and my Baracko 2

Coverage of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo

From the very first moment of his presidency, President Obama has been trying to create a more cooperative climate which can help reverse the present trend. He has already “lowered the temperature in the world”, in the words of former Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu.

Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Oslo, 10 December 2009

The full text of Mr. Jagland’s speech is available here.

Copyright © The Nobel Foundation 2009-Artist: Per Fronth-Calligrapher: Inger Magnus-Photo reproduction: Thomas Widerberg
Copyright © The Nobel Foundation 2009-Artist: Per Fronth-Calligrapher: Inger Magnus-Photo reproduction: Thomas Widerberg

So yes, the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace. And yet this truth must coexist with another — that no matter how justified, war promises human tragedy. The soldier’s courage and sacrifice is full of glory, expressing devotion to country, to cause, to comrades in arms. But war itself is never glorious, and we must never trumpet it as such.

So part of our challenge is reconciling these two seemingly inreconcilable truths — that war is sometimes necessary, and war at some level is an expression of human folly. Concretely, we must direct our effort to the task that President Kennedy called for long ago. “Let us focus,” he said, “on a more practical, more attainable peace, based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions.” A gradual evolution of human institutions.

US President Barack Obama, Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, Oslo, 10 December 2009

Listen to the full speech via the audio player above or read the full text of his speech here.

Musical performers included Esperanza Spalding


Will Smith, Jada Pinkett, Wyclef Jean and Donna Summer were in attendance.

Watch the entire 88 minute ceremony.

African Identities in the Age of Obama

First African and African American Studies Conference
“African Identities in the Age of Obama”
October 8-10, 2009

Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2009
George Mason University
George Johnson Center

Conference Chair: Wendi N. Manuel-Scott,

On 20 January 2009, the first African-American citizen, Barack Hussein Obama, was sworn in as the President of the United States of America. His inauguration as the 44th president reminds us that beliefs about persons of African ancestry based on their phenotypical appearance are precarious at best. We should not assume, for example, that the “black” skin of the newly elected leader of the United States signifies a descendant of an American slave. Instead, President Obama’s rise to power alerts us, once again, to the complexity of African identities in the modern era, particularly now that the 21st century is being heralded as the “post race” era. While African Americans, African immigrants, Caribbean immigrants, Afro-Latino immigrants, and Afro-European immigrants may have “black” skin, their cultural perspectives, historical experiences, and evolving identities should suggest different conceptions of Africanness.?

To provide a critical forum for the continued examination of African identities, the African and African American Studies (AAAS) Program at George Mason University (GMU) proposes a multidisciplinary conference titled “African identities in the Age of Obama.” This international meeting of scholars and students will be held on October 8-10, 2009, on the main GMU campus in Fairfax, Virginia. The objective of this conference is to create opportunities to explore the complex ways in which African identities are constructed, expressed and represented. AAAS seeks a broad range of papers representing diverse methodological approaches. Papers from scholars in the fields of African, African American and African diaspora studies are encouraged. Contributions that engage critically with notions of African identity in the age of Obama are especially welcome.

The deadline for proposal submissions is June 1, 2009.

Send proposals (plain text, Word, RTF or PDF) or inquiries to either:

Wendi Manuel-Scott
Conference Chair


Mika’il A. Petin
Associate Director – African and African American Studies
(703) 993-4080/(703) 993-4085

General Proposal Guidelines:

1. Completed Proposal Coversheet Form
2. Paper Title
3. Abstract – This brief description of the paper should not exceed 500 words
4. Biographical paragraph – Not to exceed 200 words
5. Mailing and e-mail addresses
6. Please indicate audio visual or equipment needs, if any

Proposal Review Procedure:

The Program Committee, chaired by Dr. Benedict Carton, is charged with reviewing proposals submitted within the stated guidelines. Proposals representing the conference theme will receive priority consideration. The proposal abstract must reflect a high quality of scholarship and originality. A list of sources and a concise topical statement and primary argument are integral to a strong proposal.

Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the Program Committee. The committee will seek to insure a representation of the diverse geographic and methodological approaches, thus, a broad range of papers will be considered.

Presenters and panels will be notified by July 1, 2009 and asked to confirm their participation within five (5) business days. A letter with additional logistics will be sent by September 10, 2009.

Ann Martin-Papazoglou, a Black Expat in Greece created the Baracko Coin


No one understood the power of the coin for getting a political message across like the Ancient Greeks. Their coinage was circulated throughout the ancient world to honor everything from victories, events, and patron deities, to nature. Also, it was the perfect way to let it be known “who did what and where”.


The coin’s designer, Ann Martin-Papazoglou, has taken inspiration from the Greek myths and the stunning classical styles of Ancient Greek coins. The Baracko coin shows the bold, beautiful profile of Obama decked out in the lion headdress of the mighty Hercules. On the left, “backing” Obama, is the majestic Greek coin portraying Hercules in his renowned lion-skin cape that has come to symbolize courage, invulnerability, and winning against all odds.


The flip side of the Baracko is emblazoned with: “Barack Obama U.S. Presidential Candidate 2008”. Around the rim is the famous “YES WE CAN!” motto in five languages: English, Spanish, Greek, German and French. This haunting rallying cry has circled the globe and captured the hearts and imagination of a broad spectrum of people on every continent.


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North Carolina State Society Inagural Ball

In addition to having a ticket to the Mid Atlantic Regional Inagural Ball, one of the 10 official Inauguration Balls, I went to an unofficial ball.

The State Societies have balls that, in my opinion, rival the official balls. Excpet the official balls have the President and First Lady drop by for a dance.

And unlike the official balls the North Carolina State Society Ball had two open bars and four food stations including grits, bbq, shrimp, crab cakes, and more. They also rolled out dessert.

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