At the 1948 Democratic National Convention, Harry Truman accepted his party's nomination with a bold speech condemning the "Do Nothing" Republican Congress. President Truman was substantive and specific.
Suddenly my companion is sobbing, "I'm three generations from slavery," she says. I'm holding her. "I didn't know it would affect me this way," she says, and I'm thinking that all of my maternal American ancestors owned slaves.
Many African Americans in the stadium openly wept as Barack accepted what many thought they would never see in there lifetime. "I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office," he said. "I don't fit the typical pedigree."