On January 9th, the Young Leaders Circle was visited by award-winning author Shelby Steele. He came to discuss the complex role race plays in politics today. In his newest book, A Bound Man, Steele examines the challenges that Barack Obama must overcome in his bid to become President of the United States.
Shelby Steele is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, specializing in the study of race in democratic societies, multiculturalism, and American political culture. He is a recipient of the Bradley Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America, and an Emmy Award for television writing. In 2004, President George W. Bush, citing Steele's "learned examinations of race relations and cultural issues," honored him with the National Humanities Medal.