Dorie Ladner When asked about Obama becoming the 44th president of the US Dorie Ladner commented, "He [Obama] doesn't look at the world the way I do. I've undergone many years of undoing a lot of things that I have witnessed and experienced, and it's taken a lifetime to get over a lot of that." With her sister Joyce, Dorie Ladner became involved in the NAACP's Youth Council in 1958, and later worked with the Congress on Racial Equality. She was a participant in the civil rights marches from Selma to Birmingham, Alabama and the March on Washington. She grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. "The world has changed. Obama is a symbol of everything that they have used, for free labor, for everything else. It will get a lot of getting used to, symbolically-wise."