Barack Obama: Address to the NAACP Centennial Convention


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It is difficult to calculate the specific impact of Obama’s 2009 speech before the NAACP. In terms of policy, it is in keeping with many themes of the early Obama administration: a focus on domestic issues aimed at bettering the lives of the poor and working class through health care reform; a continuation of previous administrations’ education policies with their focus on accountability through testing; encouragement of charter schools and early childhood education (albeit differing...