artobamafilegi.jpgSen. Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to the black leadership in the civil rights battles of the ’60s and ’70s, but reminded members of the NAACP that those leaders “were not much older than many of you when they made their mark on history.”

“If I have the privilege of serving as your next president, 100 years after the founding of the NAACP, I will stand up for you the same way that earlier generations of Americans stood up for me — by fighting to ensure that every single one of us has the chance to make it if we try,” Obama said.

“That means removing the barriers of prejudice and misunderstanding that still exist in America. It means fighting to eliminate discrimination from every corner of our country. It means changing hearts and changing minds and making sure that every American is treated equally under the law.” The Illinois senator’s speech was a historic first: an African-American poised to be the presidential nominee of a major party addressing the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, will address the NAACP on Wednesday. As he did in last year’s speech to the NAACP, Obama said Monday that “we have more work to do” even after the gains made from the struggles of the older civil rights leaders. Americans must demand that government and business take more responsibility “to break the cycle of poverty and violence gripping this country,” he said. (Continue Reading…)

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  • George Williams

    For a long time I’ve wanted someone like Sen. Barack Obama to come along, I understand he’s not going to please everyone, and its shows mostly from black people, (I’m Black). This is a shame that we can’t get it togather, what he sayes is true, we need to take responability for our self, its not his fault that we as blacks are divided, this started a long time ago duing slavery, were they had the house black and the field black, and give the house black a little more than the field black, and if the house black did’nt tell everything on the field black then his house stay would be over. rather than give that up the house black would tell any and everything on the others.
    What we must understand Rev. Jessie Jackson and others that think that way. Sen Obama is not just going to be President for one race, He has to be President of the United States of America. PLEASE do not judge this man by the color of his skin, but by the content of his corrector. (remember). Sure a lot of blacks are angry about what happen to in pass, whats done is done. lets go from here. For most of us we cant handle the truth.(remember Jesus) he told the truth.