With Obama on the brink of victory, America's leading black voices share what it means to them.Maya Angelou, novelist:
What it means if Mr Obama is voted in, is that my country has agreed to grow up, and move beyond the childish idea that human beings are different.Samuel L Jackson, actor:
It actually means that the lie that they told us all these years -- that you can grow up to be anything you want to be in America, even the president -- might actually be true now.Jay-Z, rapper:
Rosa Parks sat so that Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so that Obama could run. Obama's running so that we all can fly. I can't wait until 5 November and I'm going to say 'Hello, Brother President'.There is more from each of them, and there are also statements from Toni Morrison, novelist; Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader; Spike Lee, director; Tiger Woods, golfer; Alonzo Mourning, basketball player; Stevie Wonder, musician; and James Blake, tennis player.
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Daring to Dream of a Black President
The Independent. November 4, 2008.