Written By Tony Medina
In 2008, the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American to serve as President of the United States, marked a pivotal point in the history of a nation too often preoccupied with race, color and identity. President Obama's re-election in 2012 underscored the important progress that has been made despite challenges that seem to not want to go away, such as racism, sexism and inequality.
Millions of people around the world have been inspired by Mr. Obama's historic victories 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 is explored. Yet, they offer hope that resounds more prominently when a child of color can say, the president looks like me.