The election of Barack Obama, the first African-American President of the United States, marked a pivotal point in the history of a nation too often preoccupied with race, color and identity. Millions of people around the world have been inspired by Mr. Obama’s historic victory and his personal story of determination and success - especially children of color; In The President Looks Like Me and Other Poems, Tony Medina celebrates the diversity that President Obama symbolizes through poems that are multicultural in scope and wide-ranging in style. With distinctly urban settings and an urban flavor, the collection covers a myriad of themes that include childhood, family, friendship, identity, spirituality, social justice and Hip Hop. Medina’s poems realistically capture the impact of what it means to be young in a complex world. Yet, they offer hope that resounds more prominently when a child of color can say, the president looks like me.
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