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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rickey R. Hendon  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio

-- Rickey R. Hendon on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Rickey Hendon moved to Chicago with his family prior to starting High School and has lived there since that time.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rickey Hendon is a former Illinois Senator for the 5th district, serving from 1992 to 2011. Before running for the state senate, Hendon was alderman of the 27th ward in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to that, he was Secretary and Treasurer for the Cook County Forest Preserve

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Titles At Your Library

Black Enough/White Enough: The Obama Dilemma
ISBN: 0883783096

Third World Press. 2009

""Barack is caught between two worlds and struggles for acceptance by either side-Black enough? White enough? It's a fine line that he must walk,"" writes Illinois state Senator Rickey Hendon, in ""Black Enough/White Enough: The Obama Dilemma,"" a personal memoir of the historic 2008 presidential election. Hendon, an African American senator from Chicago's blighted West Side, was a veteran politico firmly aligned with other Black leaders when the man who would go on to become the golden presidential hopeful was an upstart balancing atop America's cultural fence in one the most notoriously segregated cities in the nation. This newcomer was of a different stock than Chicago's old guard, which boasted icons such as Rev. Jesse Jackson, late Mayor Harold Washington and Minister Louis Farrakhan, and was initially eyed with some suspicion-even by Hendon himself as the two served side by side in the Illinois state Senate. And as Hendon explains in this book, the phenomenon that became Barack Obama, the audacious presidential hopeful, was created not just by wooing America's whites, but also by winning acceptance by America's Blacks. Hendon begins ""Black Enough/White Enough: The Obama Dilemma"" with Obama's announcement of his presidential bid on February 10, 2007, and follows his entire campaign in a journal-like fashion, all the way to the November 4, 2008 election. This running account is peppered with Hendon's own observations, insights, inside information, and personal anecdotes of his long history with Barack Obama. Hendon pulls no punches and offers a warts-and-all look at how Obama's campaign tiptoed across a tightrope to gain the confidence of white Americans without angering African Americans-the latter not always being successful. Since the book was compiled from a journal that Hendon kept of events as they were unfolding during the marathon campaign, we find ourselves transported back to Super Tuesday to race endlessly against a tenacious Senator Hillary Clinton, dodge scandals involving ""militant"" pastors and ""terrorist friends,"" to play running mate roulette with Republican opponent Senator John McCain. Some of the discussion deals with issues and incidents that have long since been resolved, and perhaps even forgotten, however, the memory of the uncertainty, the tough choices, the curve balls, the dirty tricks, the surprise game changers, and most of all, the nail biting stress, is preserved just as we should all want to remember it-when we were there!

Backstabbers: The Reality of Politics
ISBN: 089733602X

Chicago Review Press. 2010

Illinois State Senator Rickey Hendon pulls no punches when he writes about how to organize and manage a successful political campaign. Hendon is a 17-year veteran of the Illinois Senate, and here he outlines in lively and accelerated prose the nuts and bolts of running a political campaign, and conveys insider strategies for winning every time.

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