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Obama Was Breaking Barriers 25 Years Ago Today

02/06/2015 12:13 pm ET | Updated Feb 06, 2015
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President Barack Obama became the first black president 25 years ago today -- of the Harvard Law Review, that is.

The New York Times shared a screenshot Friday of their 1990 profile of Obama, which ran after he became the first black student elected to preside over the Review. Obama was 28 years old at the time.

In the 1990 interview, Obama told the Times that he believed his election showed "a lot of progress."

"'It's encouraging," he said. "But it's important that stories like mine aren't used to say that everything is O.K. for blacks. You have to remember that for every one of me, there are hundreds or thousands of black students with at least equal talent who don't get a chance."

The profile explained that the president of the Review "usually goes on to serve as a clerk for a judge on the Federal Court of Appeals for a year, and then as a clerk for an associate justice of the Supreme Court." Obama followed a less conventional path, it seems.

Read the full profile here.

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