Monte Sahlin wrote a piece on President Obama’s Adventist influence, an article that I believe first appeared on the Adventist Today website. Benjamin Baker has subsequently posted it on Black SDA History. Excerpts:
No president of the United States since Warren G. Harding has a closer family connection to the Seventh-day Adventist Church than Barack Obama. A recent book by BBC journalist Peter Firstbrook documents these connections. It is entitled The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family and the story is illustrative of the increasingly multicultural reality of America and the Adventist movement.
A key player in the story is President Obama’s grandfather, Onyango Obama. The family is still centered in Kendu Bay on eastern shore of Lake Victoria, today part of the nation of Kenya. They are part of the Luo people.
[complete article with comments on war, beer, Christianity and Islam]