This panel brings together papers related to race and mixed race using Barack H. Obama, the first self-identified African American president in U.S. history, as a nexus. With the election of Obama, pundits have begun to postulate “the end of race” embracing the term “post-racial” to define America in the “Age of Obama.” Racial formation theory asserts that race is an ongoing process of “racial projects” shaped by socio-politico and economic structures. Can we consider Obama the first African American president or the first mixed race president of America as the American racial paradigm shifts from a binary racial project to a ternary racial project as some have suggested? We seek papers for a panel at the 94th Annual ASALH convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 2009 on the following topics:
The Multiracial Consciousness Movement in Historical Perspective?
“Citizen Obama: Cosmopolitanism and the Self Identity of an American President”
Race, Obama, and Blackness???
Hettie V. Williams
Lecturer, African American History
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