People watched Obama's historic speech

August 29, 2008 12:56:57 AM PDT
Democrats around the Bay Area organized viewing parties to watch Obama's historic address. It comes 45 years to the day of another historic speech and in light of it Democrats in Palo Alto were glued to the T.V.

Hope fills the Obama Headquarters in Palo Alto. Supporters watched a historic moment on the very day 45 years prior, another historic speech took place.

"All men are created equal," said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech.

In Washington D.C., Dr. Martin Luther King told the nation his dream. Janet Wells was 17 then, that day she was glued to her television set. Thursday for Barack Obama's speech she did the same thing.

"He wanted it to be a world community and world consciousness, and I think the same thing applies to Obama," said Wells, a community activist.

Senator Obama is the first African American nominee for a major party. A fact that's not lost on Carl Ray, but he wasn't celebrating for a reason.

"Because we still remember America the one we grew up in prior to the civil rights movement," said Ray, a community activist.

Klans men murdered Ray's father and being a part of the civil rights movement in Mississippi wasn't an option. He's slowly becoming a part of the Obama movement.

Those in this room support Obama for several different reasons. His politics, his values and the fact that he's African American, but there are some who say race has nothing to do with it. In fact, they view Obama as a trans-racial candidate.

"My initial attraction to him was his mind, his view point, his education," said Ray Schuster, an Obama Volunteer.

Obama laid out his future plans as he remembered the man who also talked of change, four and a half decades ago.

"He gave the significance of that speech, what it meant to people and now what it can help us do in the coming years," said Wells.


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