Survey: 2/3 of African Americans Do Not Believe that Barack Obama is a True Civil Rights Leader

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

I gave a speech at a church in upstate New York shortly after Barack Obama was elected President of the United States.  During the service, the choir director took the liberty of changing the words from the song “We shall overcome,” to “We HAVE overcome.”  I also remember hearing a woman outside the speech proudly announce that she had just bought a new picture of President Barack Obama.  The woman said she was going to put the image right next to her pictures of Martin Luther King and Jesus.  Apparently, Obama’s election was a second-coming of Juneteenth for those who seemed to feel that a black president could do no wrong.

But there is a more fundamental question in all of this:  Should President Obama’s image be placed next to those who’ve fought for Civil Rights in the  past?  In recent survey by, 62.9% of the 734 respondents said they do not consider President Barack Obama to be a true Civil Rights Leader.  Another 28.5% said that they do consider President Obama to be a Civil Rights leader.  The rest claim they aren’t sure.  

According to, Civil Rights are defined as “rights to personal liberty established by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. constitution and certain Congressional acts, especially as applied to an individual or a minority group.”

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3 responses to “Survey: 2/3 of African Americans Do Not Believe that Barack Obama is a True Civil Rights Leader

  1. That survey means that 1/3 are ignorant. He is not any kind of rights leader. They created him for this job. After he’s done he can retire in wealth and security uncaring and/or oblivious to the harm he’s done to us all.

  2. Nikki

    I don’t understand the correlation with him and civil rights. When I think of Civil right leaders I think of Dr. King and Medgar Evers. I would never even consider him an activist.

  3. Our President don’t stand a chance on nothing. I do not support him in anything. His words are like water running down a hill with no stopping. He has taken so much from the American People until he does not really know what is going on in America, because he has tune himself out. He has not improved anything and he never will. I will not support nothing or agree with anything he says. His mouth is not a Bible and never will be. The Koran is his book. Read between the lines and read the news not published only on the Link Station on Television on the Direct Service and Dish Network Service. Other cable network does not carry what those services carry. Read the book and get the MESSAGE.

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