Barack Obama (Honolulu, Hawai, annexed by the USA. 1961)
Listen to and read a biography on Obama, and do some exercises.
Read the beginning of Obama's Autobiography. It includes some exercises and some footnotes on vocabulary: "Barack Obama. Dreams of My Father" (4 pages)
Check out his website (though under "Issues" he doesn't speak about the death penalty)
Read the speech he gave when he won the election (2 pages)
Read the "I have a dream" speech by Martin Luther King (2 pages)
Discussion and more info on Obama at the TP Forums. Try typing "obama" on the search engine on the top left corner of the screen. You'll find a few threads where with discussions where Obama is mentioned.
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"I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper" 10 min.