Poster of Barack Obama: ‘Be The Change, January 20th 2009’

The Barack Obama ‘Be the Change’ official poster designed by the artist Shepard Fairey, was widely described as iconic and became synonymous with the 2008 Obama presidential campaign.

President Obama was born in Hawaii with a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas. He attended law school, where he became the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review. After Harvard, Obama returned to Chicago to practise civil rights law, representing victims of housing and employment discrimination. He served in the Illinois state senate from 1996 to 2004, before winning a seat in the US Senate.

Barack Obama broke new new ground in his White House campaign, as the first Black candidate to become the presidential choice of either major US party. He was elected the 44th President of the United States on the 4th November 2008.

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Accession reference: International Slavery Museum, ISM.2009.7