Barack Obama, the rookie U.S. senator from Illinois achieved the unthinkable last night, becoming the first African-American president in the nation's history. He now stands poised to introduce a new America to the global community.
Here is a letter from the NAACP.


    November 5, 2008
Dear George,

Yesterday was a glorious day.

Yesterday, 99 years of struggle by the members and supporters of the
NAACP came to a head in a single glorious moment when the electorate
surged and broke the color line that has guarded the White House since
the day it was built... by slaves.

Yesterday children with foreign-sounding names learned that they too can
be President of the United States, and the electoral aspiration of
almost an entire generation of young American voters was realized.

On this historic day, we congratulate the President-Elect, and we honor
the memory of freedom fighters like Dr. Martin Luther King, Ida B.
Wells, Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks, and so many others who gave their lives
so that America might truly become the land of opportunity for all
people.  Their sacrifice made this day possible.

Full electoral participation has always been a driving goal of the
NAACP, and NAACP leaders around the country rose to the challenge.

In North Carolina, thanks to the work of committed NAACPers, voters were
spared intimidating specters like the casket bearing a candidate's name
that someone placed in front of a polling place in Craven County a few
days earlier...

In California, local NAACP members went into local jails to ensure that
every eligible voter was registered...

In Mississippi and Maine, the fieldwork of NAACP leaders meant that the
number of voters surged even though they received relatively little
attention from national campaigns...

In places like Florida and Ohio, thanks to NAACPers who pushed for
voting reforms after the debacles of 2000 and 2004, the election ran
much more smoothly...

In Alabama and Georgia, NAACP leaders led the charge to restore voting
rights to thousands of former felons...

And in states like Indiana and Pennsylvania, NAACP lawsuits to protect
voters paid off big time.

Because of the work of committed NAACP supporters like you, across the
country we saw precincts with 95% voter registration rates, volunteers
processed tens of thousands of calls to the 866-OUR-VOTE Election
Protection hotline, and get out the vote efforts across the country
targeted every single eligible voter.

Yes, yesterday was great day.  But, it's only a glimmer of how bright
our future can be when we work together.


Benjamin Jealous
President & CEO