With the help of Bill Ayers, Barack Hussein Obama attended the Harvard Law School where he graduated with his degree in law in 1991. While attending Harvard, he was elected president of the Harvard Law Review in 1990, making him the first black to hold that title.

Like many students in various universities, Obama had a faculty mentor. In fact Michelle LaVaughn Robinson had the same faculty mentor, Charles Ogletree. As mentor, Ogletree coached and encouraged both Obama and Robinson, helping both of them obtain their Juris Doctorate degrees. After graduating, Obama and Ogletree have been close friends. A year later, Obama and Robinson married.

Twenty-one years later, Ogletree is paying homage to his prize student by offering a for credit class on Obama in the spring of 2013. The Harvard Law School Course Catalog describes the class as,

“This reading group will focus on the way in which race, religion, and politics have impacted the development of President Obama as a leader. We will explore his views as a biracial child, his time as a student at Harvard Law School, the successes and failures of his political campaigns, and the way religion and his views on faith nearly derailed his campaign. Finally, time will be spent analyzing the challenges he faces as president of the United States in establishing both his domestic and global policies.”

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