The recession may be affecting our communities the hardest, but African Americans continue to be optimistic about the future, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center. Researchers conducting a study on African American attitudes towards race found that feelings of progress and optimism in our communities were more than likely inspired by the election of President Barack Obama. Thirty-nine percent of the people surveyed said they feel as though they are better off now than they were five years ago. Take a look at President Obama's first year in office. Find out how Black men feel in the age of Obama.