Discuss specific aspects of freedom movements of the 50s and 60s that believe paved the way for the election of Obama in 2008. Highlight 1 specific piece of legislation & 1 leader contributed to increase political participation of African Americans
I would look at this speech a few days ago in Selma. In it, he talks about the Civil Rights Acts, so I'd go with that. You could then pick a leader in Congress who helped it get passed, or go with LBJ. John Lewis was there. You could talk about Eisenhower and Little Rock, Arkansas.