Legal History

Barack Obama's 20-Year-Old Video as Law Review Editor Gets a YouTube Audience


Barack Obama achieved a brief moment of television fame 20 years ago when he talked about the life of lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston in a “Black History Minutes” public service announcement.

The video, which originally appeared on TBS, was released on YouTube on Thursday, the Daily Caller reports. The segment identifies Obama as editor of the Harvard Law Review.

In the video, Obama praises Houston for masterminding the strategy that eventually led to the Brown v. Board of Education decision. According to the Daily Caller, Obama’s voice “is only marginally recognizable.” The story says his speech is “far lower-pitched and more measured than what Americans are accustomed to in 2011.”

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