In a very general sense, the President's memoir is an articulation of race and race relations through his own experience. The memoir examines his own interactions through the lens of race and social perception regarding race. Being biracial himself, the President has a very unique position of understanding how both societies perceive the issue of race. This thesis is seen in his interactions with his grandparents, schooling in Hawaii, undergraduate work in California, in law school, as well as in his work in Chicago as a community organizer and at Trinity United. Being able to travel to Kenya and helping to better understand how he, as a product of multiple and convergent forces of culture, is both a recognition of race and a communicator of it to multiple groups of people become a central idea in the memoir.