You still have till Friday, March 25 to catch "Africa Embracing Obama" on the ground floor of the Main Library, featuring publications, beadwork, jewelry, textiles, lapel pins, key rings, fans, greeting cards, hats, T-shirts, posters, and even a brand of beer expressing the pride and hope with which Africans embraced the political fortunes of Barack Obama—well before he became a candidate for the presidency of the United States. Northwestern's Herskovits Library of African Studies  began collecting Obama-related items in 2007, and the collection now includes more than 500 objects from 31 countries.
Dozens of contributors from around the world contributed items, and since the exhibit opened in November 2010, new donations have continued to come in, including a baseball cap from Tanzania, tee shirts from Kenya and Zambia, bags from Ghana and Sierra Leone, and publications from Kenya and South Africa.
"This collection is a work in progress," says exhibit and Africana library curator David Easterbrook. "It continues to evolve as people see it, respond to it, and make additional donations. We've been gratified by the wide recognition among scholars of the importance this collection will have over time on understanding Africa's fascination with America's forty-fourth president and the effect of that fascination on political change in Africa."
"Africa Embracing Obama" remains on the first floor of Northwestern University Library, 1970 Campus Drive, and (in the same building) in the Herskovits Library on the fifth floor of University Library' East Tower, through Friday, March 25. The exhibit is free and open to the public daily from 8:30 am - 10 pm until March 17; 8:30 am - 5 pm March 18 - 25. For further information, call (847) 467-5918.