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
Yesterday was a
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
the day it was built... by slaves.
children with foreign-sounding names learned that they too can
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
Full electoral participation has always been a driving goal of
NAACP, and NAACP leaders around the country rose to the
Carolina, thanks to the work of committed NAACPers, voters were
intimidating specters like the casket bearing a candidate's name
placed in front of a polling place in Craven County a few
In California, local NAACP members went
into local jails to ensure that
every eligible voter was
In Mississippi and Maine, the fieldwork of NAACP leaders
meant that the
number of voters surged even though they received relatively
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
much more smoothly...
In Alabama and Georgia, NAACP
leaders led the charge to restore voting
rights to thousands of former
And in states like Indiana and Pennsylvania, NAACP lawsuits to protect
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.
yesterday was great day. But, it's only a glimmer of how bright
future can be when we work together.
President & CEO