Barack Obama 1986 Autograph Letter Signed – To His Half-Brother – During His Time as a Community Organizer


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I’m responsible for organizing an about 250,000 person community where unemployment is high and hope is low

44th President.  Autograph letter signed “Love – Barack” to his older half-brother Abon’go Malik Obama (aka Roy Obama) on the back of a postcard featuring a copy of a portrait by the artist Rachel Romero titled “Huna.”, dated “March 17” with a Chicago postmark of March 19, 1986. Simply astounding content letter addressed to “Roy & Mary Obama / 1112 C. St. SE #1 / Washington D.C. 20003”, in full

Sorry to be so silent of late work has been tough and my time has been tight.  Still, I hope both of you know that I think of you often and am curious about how Washington D.C. is treating you.

I’ve had a somewhat discouraging time since I came back from vacation; I’m responsible for organizing an about 250,000 person community where unemployment is high and hope is low.  My inexperience is showing, but I hope that by the end of this year I will have a fairly good perspective on the possibilities and limits of this type of work.

So I assume that your respective jobs are coming along all right.  Send some word by mail or phone when you get a chance. 

Custom framed with a copy image of the postcard recto.

Accompanied by a copy of an LOA by Abon’go Obama.

The future President was just 25-years-old when he penned this letter.  He had recently graduated Columbia University and would enroll in Harvard Law School two years later.

After four years living in New York, Obama moved to Chicago to work as a community organizer. He worked for three years from June 1985 to May 1988 as director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP), a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes in Greater Roseland (Roseland, West Pullman, and Riverdale) on Chicago’s far South Side. During his three years as the DCP’s director, its staff grew from 1 to 13 and its annual budget grew from $70,000 to $400,000, with accomplishments including helping set up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants’ rights organization in Altgeld Gardens. Obama also worked as a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, a community organizing institute. In the summer of 1988, he traveled for the first time to Europe for three weeks then to Kenya for five weeks where he met many of his paternal relatives for the first time.