"I was affected by the problems that I think a lot of young African American teens have," he reflected in an interview with Kenneth Meeks for Black Enterprise."They feel that they need to rebel against society as a way of proving their blackness.Illinois voters sent a Democratic newcomer, Barack Obama, to one of the state's two seats in the U. Firstly, he became the Senate's only African American lawmaker when he was sworn into office in January 2005, and just the third black U. Even before his Election Day victory, Obama emerged as the new star of the Democratic Party after delivering the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts that summer. Obama's landslide victory in Illinois was significant on several fronts. Moreover, Obama's political supporters came from a diverse range of racial and economic backgrounds, which is still relatively rare in American electoral politics—traditionally, black candidates have not done very well in voting precincts where predominantly non-minority voters go to the polls.The Durhams were accepting of Barack Sr., but his family in Kenya had a harder time with the idea of his marryinga white American woman. The two Baracks met again only once, when Obama was ten, though they did write occasionally. eventually returned to Kenya and died in a car accident there in the early 1980s.When Obama was two years old they divorced, and his father left Hawaii to enter Harvard University to earn a Ph. Obama's mother remarried a man from Indonesia who worked in the oil industry, and when Obama was six they moved there.Obama's time at the Law Review had netted him an offer to write a book. Barack Obama won his bid for the Senate by a large margin, taking 70 percent of the Illinois vote, thus becoming one of the youngest members of the U. Senate when he was sworn into office in January 2005.The result was Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, published by Times Books in 1995. Nearly a hundred years passed before another African American was elected to the Senate, and this came by statewide vote. In 1992 another Illinois Democrat, Carol Moseley Braun (1947–), became the first African American woman to serve in the U. 1960s radical who had founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, a revolutionary black nationalist party of the era. Some of Obama's supporters thought he was aiming too high, but this time he beat out six other Democratic challengers in the primary with 53 percent of the vote.
He worked on a local voter-registration drive, for example, that registered thousands of black voters in Chicago; the effort was said to have helped Bill Clinton (1946–) win the state in his successful bid for the White House in 1992.Feeling it was time to move on, Obama applied to and was accepted at Harvard Law School, one of the top three law schools in the United States.In 1990, he was elected president of the Harvard Law Review journal.Instead, he moved to Chicago to work for a church-based social-services organization there.
The group was active on the city's South Side, one of America's most impoverished urban communities.
The marriage between Obama's parents was a short-lived one, however.