By Elyce Taylor
brought some to tears. Barack Obama’s half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng spoke
on DNC kickoff night. Although she was there in support of her brother,
most of her words centered on her late mother. Soetoro-Ng said Senator
Obama’s political success was a result of the lessons their mother had
taught them as children, specifically his willingness to help others
and his strength of self. She emphasized that her brother wanted all
children to believe in their dreams and that that was one reason why he
is the candidate of hope.

is a U.S. history teacher who has worked in New York City and Hawaii
public and charter schools.  She said she wants her students to dream
bigger and have bountiful opportunities.  She credits her big brother
Barack with helping her realize her dreams and being like her mother in
opening worlds to her.