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Morehouse College Celebrates Obama On President's Day

| by Jonathan Constante

Morehouse College decided to celebrate President's Day by observing the accomplishments of 44th President Barack Obama.

In a flier distributed throughout the historically black college in Atlanta declared Feb. 20 to be Barack Obama Day, The Grio reported.

“This year, we are seizing the traditional President’s Day holiday as an opportunity to take a nuanced look at the good, the bad and the complicated moments of the Obama presidency, and the future of his legacy,” the flier read. “Join us for a powerful day of dialogue, debate, and discourse.”

The event consisted of panel discussions, featuring speakers such as Michael Eric Dyson, Jamilah Lemieux, Mychal Denzel Smith and Michaela Angela Davis. The discussions were broadcast on a Facebook live stream, and received more than 200,000 views.

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Opinions and reactions to the discussion panels were mixed, with some people in support of the event, and others more critical of it.

"Keep this dialog going ...we need loving caring conversation for all people. Miss you President Obama," wrote one commenter. "The last REAL President..'drop the mic.'"

"To much victimhood, this is why I can't get with black politics today," wrote another commenter. "Maybe because I'm a kid of immigrants but I don't view myself as a victim of white supremacy."

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"From a high school teacher, I have seen how Morehouse has changed my students that have attended Morehouse into strong free thinking young men...Thank You!" wrote one Facebook user.

Obama was recently ranked the 12th best U.S. president of all time, according to a C-SPAN survey of 91 presidential historians, Time magazine reported. The ranking is the best for any president since Ronald Reagan.

Historians commended Obama for pursuing equality, managing the economy, his ability to persuade and his "moral authority." The former president did score below average in handling international relations.

Howard University historian and consultant on C-SPAN’s 2017 Presidential Historians Survey Edna Greene Medford said she expected Obama to rank higher on the list.

“Historians prefer to view the past from a distance, and only time will reveal his legacy,” she said.

Sources: The Grio, News One Official/Facebook, Time / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, Chicago Defender

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