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The recent events propelling an almost unknown and unique quantity into the White House have captured the imagination and hopes of all Americans and I daresay the entire world.
Many pundits and observers speak of his charisma, his presence, his intellectualism and his empathy. TV anchors laud his good looks and fitness, noting his workout routines. World leaders talk about the "hope" he brings.
I am at heart a historian and studied that discipline at Howard University during the height of the civil rights era. I very much believe that Obama is what some call a “Century Man/Person.”
An individual like an Obama appears perhaps once in a century in any particular sport, discipline or endeavor. Babe Ruth was a Century Man, Mohandas Gandhi was a Century Man, Indira Gandhi was a Century Person, Tiger Woods is a Century Man and there are many others, males and females, black and white.
However, Obama’s emergence from relative obscurity pushes us all – the human race – to an Event Horizon. That is how significant his rise to power is.
To African-Americans the rise of Obama is almost unimaginable. His emergence puts us all right “in” history.
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