Barack Obama, nationally and internationally, and Keith Ellison, locally, nationally and internationally are quintessential “Black” leaders – Black leaders who have not forgotten where they came from. Black leaders who rely on the heritage of hundreds of thousands of Black folks that literally gave their lives, so that they would have the opportunity to lead our people and our nation. Literally hundreds of thousands, indeed millions, of Black folks worldwide look upon Barack Obama and Keith Ellison as their leaders. In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of Black folks proudly display Barack and Michelle Obama’s pictures on their mantel places and throughout their homes. Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is known internationally in such faraway places as the Sudan and Saudi Arabia, as the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress; and, oh by the way, he is Black. While Obama and Ellison are, indeed, Black leaders, it just so happens that other ethnicities think quite highly of him as well.