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Black Leaders On What Obama's Nomination Means To Them

09/28/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In 1961, Robert F. Kennedy predicted that the country could elect a black president in the next 40 years. That's how fast race relations were changing in America, said the attorney general at the time.

Now, 47 years later, Barack Obama stands at the precipice of fulfilling Kennedy's eerily prescient forecast. On Thursday, he'll become the first minority to win the presidential nomination, achieving what many thought was impossible given our national obsession with race.

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Politico talked to dozens of black leaders from across the country, asking them to assess the impact of the Obama nomination and what it says about the state of race in America today.

The panel had as many opinions as Politico had questions. But almost everyone could agree on at least one word, an expression they all believed King would have used to describe Obama's nomination: "Hallelujah."

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