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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bronx High Schoolers: What Obama's Rise Means to Us

Perhaps you’ve seen this video before: it’s been viewed 400,000-plus times since it was uploaded to YouTube last March. In it, students at the Bronx High School of Performance and Stagecraft on Boston Road, talk about Barack Obama’s “speech on race,” and how the then-candidate makes them feel empowered and determined to succeed.

The video became famous – and contentious – because it was shot by the Obama campaign and later used to attract donors (which didn’t sit well with the Department of Education). But looking past the controversy, it gives some insight into why Bronx youth – or this class, at least – feels so in touch with the new president.

No doubt the teenagers on film enjoyed watching yesterday’s festivities.


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