In spring 2009, Dr. Gerald Horne who holds the Moores Professorship in History and African-American Studies at the University of Houston in Texas, delivered a lecture at the Africana Studies department of Rutgers University. In this talk, Professor Horne reflected on historical forces in Kenya and Hawaii as a background story for the election of the first African-American President, Barack Obama. Gerald Horne's many books include Fire This Time: The WattsUprising and the 1960s,(a finalist for the Robert Park Award of the American Sociological Association, 1996); From the Barrel of a Gun:The U.S. and the War Against Zimbabwe (2001); The Deepest South: The U.S., Brazil and the Slave Trade (2007) Blows Against Empire: U.S. Imperialism in Crisis (2008); Mau Mau in Harlem? The U.S. and the Liberation of Kenya (2009); and many other books and articles. Professor Horne’s talk was part of series of lectures sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies and the School of Arts and Sciences to explore contemporary scholarship in Africana Studies.