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Hope Anew - Obama's legacy term

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2012 | 12:00 AM
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha (left) and Malia, walk from Marine One to board Air Force One at Chicago O'Hare International Airport last Wednesday. - AP

Erica Virtue, Senior Gleaner Writer

When United States President Barack Obama demits office in January 2017, historians can no longer see the journey of minorities to the White House as Langston Hughes did in his 1951 Montage of a Dream Deferred.

The dream was the central theme in Hughes' montage, which showed black disappointment, alienation, poverty and bitterness.

Still, black people continued to dream, and for many, Barack Obama's rise and re-election as president of the United States of America has fulfilled the hope of millions.

Obama's big gamble began in the state of Iowa and ended in Washington in 2008 when he was first elected president of the United States. He was re-elected last Tuesday after securing more than 300 votes from the electoral college.

Obama's legacy is expected to reinforce and engender the dream of political and social empowerment for blacks.

University of the West Indies academic Jermaine McCalpin, PhD, said big dreams can come true.

"It shows that dreaming big doesn't mean the dream is impossible to achieve," he told Sunday Gleaner.

In terms of legacy, McCalpin believes the symbolism of Obama's rise, and re-election will not be lost on Caribbean people.