I feel very fortunate to have been invited to serve as a respondent for an eSymposium on "The Meaning and Implications of the Obama Phenomenon" over at The Zeleza Post. The Zeleza Post is the web-home for "informed news and commentary on the Pan-African world," and the regular contributors there are among some of the very best African, African-American, and Africana scholars. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is the Head of the African-American Studies Department at the Univeristy of Illinois-Chicago, where he is also a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences. (He also, by the way, was on my dissertation committee at Penn State!)
I hope you take the time to read through the very interesting essays in the eSymposium, including my reponse to the essays by Pius Adesanmi, Wandia Njoya and Corey D.B. Walker.