The Dreams and the Realities of Black Americans
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Barack Obama won 95% of the black vote in November’s election, but African Americans are anything but unanimous on what his election will mean. On Reporter's Notebook later on, a surprise Obama advisor and confidant: John McCain.
Photo: US President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle (L) pose with a group of volunteers during a National Day of Service Project. MANDEL NGAN/Staff/Getty Images News
Cease-Fire in Gaza ()
From King to Obama: America Receives It’s First Black President ()Barack Obama declared that Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday should be a day of service and today, with the First-Lady-to-be, he surprised a group of volunteers in Washington, DC sending cards, letters and packages to troops serving overseas. Barack and Michelle Obama then circulated through a crowd of very excited people, shaking hands and getting their pictures taken. There is, of course, heavy symbolism in the coincidence of Dr. King’s birthday falling on the day before the inauguration of America’s first African American president.
- Cheryl Contee: blogger, @ch3ryl
- Wayne Bennett: blogger, The Field Negro, @fieldnegro
- Glen Ford: Executive editor of Blackagendareport.com
- Rachel Skerritt: High school principal and novelist living in Boston
- Barbara Seals Nevergold: Co-founder of the Uncrowned Queens Institute at the University at Buffalo, Author
- Peggy Brooks Bertram: Co-founder of the Uncrowned Queens Institute at the University at Buffalo, Author
Obama Seeks John McCain’s Counsel ()
Many contenders for America’s highest office don’t talk to each other except on formal occasions. Barack Obama had his first post-election meeting with John McCain on November 16th, and Obama was prepared with “well-researched proposals to collaborate” on some of McCain’s favorite causes.
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