Barack Obama and Selma, Alabama

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By Ian Sherr

Many factors went into making Barack Obama the man he is today. But had he come of age at any other time, the color of his skin would have dashed any of his hopes.

Ian Sherr traveled to Selma, Alabama, to revisit its civil rights legacy and to find out exactly what Barack Obama’s presidency means to the people who struggled all those years ago.


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For more information about Brown Chapel AME Church, visit the National Park Service website, here.

For more information about the civil rights movement in Selma, visit the National Voting Rights Museum website, here.

(By Ian Sherr. Originally aired on KALX radio’s “North Gate Radio,” and then KFOG’s “Beat of the Bay” weekend news magazine. Download link: here)