Barack Obama

barak-obama Barack Obama was born August 4, 1961. He is the first African American to be elected President of the United States. This historic win made him the forty-fourth U.S. President.

Obama began his second term as President on January 21, 2013.

Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney in Chicago before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. In 2004, he was elected to be the junior United States Senator from Illinois.

He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School.

Michelle Obama

michelle-obamaMichelle Obama was born January 17, 1964. She is the wife of Barack Obama and will be the first African American to become the First Lady of the United States. She was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Michelle met Barack when he joined the same law firm where she worked. They were married in October 1992 and have two daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha.

Oprah Winfrey

oprah-winfrey Oprah Winfrey is the first African American billionaire. She owns a production company, Harpo (Oprah spelled backwards).

As a child, Oprah moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then back to Nashville. She was crowned Miss Black Tennessee at the age of nineteen. After this accomplishment, Oprah went on to become the youngest and the first black to anchor news in Nashville, TN.

Later, when she moved to Chicago, she hosted a talk show named “AM Chicago.” After a year, the show became the number one talk show, outranking the Phil Donahue Show in 1984. The show was expanded to one hour and became known as the Oprah Winfrey Show. Her show reaches approximately 15 million viewers each day. Oprah branched out into the acting field in 1985 by starring in The Color Purple. She received an Oscar nomination for her role.

In January 2011,  OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) debuted as a television channel on approximately 80 million homes, another first for Winfrey.