President Barack Obama is the child of a bi-racial marriage between Ann Dunham of Kansas and Barack Obama, Sr., who was born in Kenya. Obama was born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961. He had little contact with his father when he was young due to his parents' divorce and his father's move back Kenya. Obama and his family moved to Indonesia in 1965.Continue Reading
At age 10, Obama returned to Hawaii, as his mother felt living in Indonesia was too dangerous for a child. While back in Hawaii, Obama's father visited and the two spent their only time together before his father's death in 1981. Obama's maternal grandmother reared him and saw him through his high school graduation from the Punahou Academy, where Obama was one of only three black students.
Following graduation, Obama studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles before transferring to Columbia University in New York City. He graduated from Columbia in 1983 with a political science degree. He then moved to Chicago and worked as community organizer. While living in Chicago, he traveled to Kenya and visited relatives. In 1988 he entered Harvard Law School, where he met his future wife Michelle Robinson. He became the first African-American editor of the "Harvard Law Review" and graduated magna cum laude in 1991.Learn more about US History