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    On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered the historical, “I Have a Dream” speech. On November 5, 2008, President Elect Barack Hussein Obama accepted the 44th presidency of the United States of America. While millions of people watched on with wet eyes, Barack declared “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
    By 11:45pm EST on election night, media networks had announced that Barack Obama was indeed the president elect. He had already surpassed the number of electoral votes needed to win, before all of the states had reported votes. Previously red states like Ohio, Indiana, New Mexico and especially Virginia made the difference this election, awarding Obama the needed electoral votes to secure victory. However as Obama made clear last night, “This is your victory”. Millions of people turned out to vote this year, some waiting on lines for over 3 hours. People who had never voted before, did so yesterday, with pride and a renewed sense of faith in our government. Millions gathered across the nation to watch this epic event. As Americans converged in Times Square like it was New Years’ Eve, the residents of Harlem embraced each other, reflecting on the rich history of African Americans. Obama’s campaign slogan, “Yes we can”, swiftly changed to “Yes We Did.”
    The path ahead will not be an easy one. “For even as we celebrate tonight,” Obama reminded the millions of viewers watching around the world, “we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime — two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.”  However, only as a nation united we can begin to heal our country. “We as a people will get there.”

    Staff writer, Anita S. Nixon

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