Tuesday, March 29, 2011

First Black Elected to Head Harvard's Law Review - published: Feb. 6, 1990

First Black Elected to Head Harvard's Law Review
(published: Feb. 6, 1990)

"..The new president of the Review is Barack Obama, a 28-year-old graduate of Columbia University who spent four years heading a community development program for poor blacks on Chicago's South Side before enrolling in law school. His late father, Barack Obama, was a finance minister in Kenya and his mother, Ann Dunham, is an American anthropologist now doing fieldwork in Indonesia. Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii...." http://goo.gl/4YTCx

A Law Review Breakthrough
(Published: Feb. 15, 1990)

"...Editor's note: In 1990, Globe reporter Linda Matchan and photographer Lane Turner interviewed 28-year-old Barack Obama, a Chicago community organizer who had just become the first African-American head of the Harvard Law Review. The following is an early glimpse of a rising star.

Barack Obama became the first black president of the influential Harvard Law Review last week, after a marathon 17-hour selection process that pitted him against 18 other candidates. But he says he felt the full significance of the honor only after a rival candidate, also black, embraced him....."

(Lane Turner / Globe File Photo)

Obama Named New Law Review President
Student Becomes First Black Chief Of the Publication
(Published: Feb. 6, 1990

"..Receiving support and praise from students and professors, Barack H. Obama was named the 104th president of the Harvard Law Review, becoming the legal journal's first Black leader..."  http://goo.gl/DEKOR


Timeline: 1960-2011


Requirements fot the J.D. Degree - Harvard Law School

Graduate Handbook

Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts - Columbia University


An oldie:

"..Claim:   Barack Obama's thesis for Columbia University, entitled "Aristocracy Reborn," noted that America's founding fathers "did not allow for economic freedom."...."

FALSE: http://goo.gl/kpoOw


See also:

Barack Obama ’83 - Is He the New Face of The Democratic Party?
By Shira Boss-Bicak ’93

Alumni Corner: Barack Obama ’83, My Columbia College Roommate
By Phil Boerner ’84

Limbaugh falls for Obama thesis hoax - but is in no Rush to apologize



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