He had just graduated from Columbia University and was looking for a job as a community organizer and a tiny-budget organization on the Southeast Side funded by some neighborhood churches was the only group that wrote him back.
Maybe we should be donating to some more community organizations to fund community organizers so we'll get the nation's best and brightest to move here.
Some overworked do-gooder living in the shadow of empty steel mills in the 10th Ward in the 1980s took the time to answer a letter from some guy with a funny name from New York City and offer him a job, for almost no pay, organizing residents to demand justice. And some parish leaders decided to kick in their funds to pay for some skinny guy to move to Chicago and. . . organize. They couldn't have had much money to spare. All the good steel mill jobs were leaving. Enough far-sighted people decided to invest their funds into a community organizer, and so Barack Obama moved to Chicago, twenty-some years ago.