Barack and Michelle

On November 4, 2008, Black women hit the main stage. And with Barack Obama’s inauguration that January, America would be required to stare in the face of what it had hated for centuries. It would have to recognize Black leadership, Black intelligence, Black beauty and Black love.

The Obamas are a representation of Black love. Black love as a political act is more than love between two people who happen to be black. It’s a protest in a society—from housing to education to health care to criminal justice—is subsumed in pervasive anti-blackness on many levels.