UH will collect oral histories of Barack Obama’s early years in Hawaiʻi

Barack Obama at podium

Barack Obama speaks at the East-West Center in January 2019.

The Obama Foundation has announced that the University of Hawaiʻi will collect oral histories of President Barack Obama’s early contacts in Hawaiʻi, where he was born, spent most of his childhood and graduated from high school.

The foundation said New York’s Columbia Center for Oral History at Columbia University will conduct the official oral history of the Obama presidency, and that UH will partner with the University of Chicago to collect oral histories that document the pre-presidential lives of Barack and Michelle Obama.

“Michelle Obama famously observed, ‘You can’t really understand Barack until you understand Hawaiʻi,’” said UH President…

Original published: 2019-05-16 18:40:35 Read the full Hawaii News here

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