by Pamela Young, Published January 30, 2012
YPSILANTI: The election of Barack Obama as president sent excitement around the world because of the convergence of political, social and historical currents tending toward equality. Now, Molefi Kete Asante, professor in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University, will examine President Obama's efforts during his presentation, "Barak Obama: A Critical Appraisal of the Journey of the First African American President of the United States," Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1-2 p.m., Student Center Ballroom A.
Asante will cover how to demonstrate the efficacy of a renewed call for African centeredness in the context of history and culture, and discuss the prerogatives of power, the frontiers of race, and the politics of identity. This program runs in conjunction with the African American Studies panel discussion on the presidency of Barak Obama, which runs until 4 p.m. in Student Center Ballroom A.
Following Asante's speech, panelists will continue the discussion about the Obama presidency. Guest panelists include Eastern Michigan professors Gregg Barak, Ana Ferreira, Mark Higbee and Robert Perry, EMU lecturer Kenyetta Jackson, and Pavi Perry, assistant professor from Clark University in Massachusetts. Victor Okafor, dept. head for African American Studies, will moderate. Winners of a student essay contest on Obama's presidency will also be announced. For more information, call 487-3460.