The first black president of the United States was Barack Hussein Obama II. He was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009.
Obama was born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961 to Ann Dunham and Kenyan exchange student Barack Hussein Obama. His childhood was spent in Hawaii and Indonesia. After an education at Occidental College and Harvard Law School, Obama worked as a part-time constitutional law professor and a community organizer in Chicago. He entered politics in 1996, running for and winning a seat in the Illinois State Senate. In 2004, a speech given at the Democratic National Convention brought Obama to a national audience, providing the initial support that led to his 2008 presidential campaign.