BARACK OBAMA AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY DURING HIS GRADUATION DAYS WITH GRANDPARENTS, STANLEY AND MADELYN DUNHAM
Barack Obama and his grandparents at Columbia University.
Obama knows the difficulty of transferring schools. He left Occidental College in Los Angeles after two years to attend Columbia University in New York City. His college activities at Columbia included Black Students Organization and anti-apartheid activities. Besides that, he says, “I spent a lot of time in the library. I didn’t socialize that much. I was like a monk.”
He majored in political science with a specialization in international relations. He received his B.A. degree in 1983, then worked for one year at Business International Corporation. In 1985, Barack Obama moved to Chicago to direct a non-profit project assisting local churches to organize job training programs. He entered Harvard Law School in 1988. In 1990, The New York Times reported his election as the Harvard Law Review’s “first black president in its 104-year history.” He completed his J.D. degree magna cum laude in 1991.
Barack Obama has authored two bestselling books. The first, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance”, was published after his graduation from law school and before entering politics. His second book, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream”, was published in October 2006, three weeks before the 2006 midterm election.
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