"I never dared dream of a black president"
With Obama on the brink of victory, America's leading black voices tell 'The Independent' what it means to them – while David Usborne visits black churchgoers in Chicago praying for an epoch-making result
[From the Independent piece]
Maya Angelou, novelist: "If he wins, it means my country has agreed to grow up"
Toni Morrison, novelist: "Things are different now. A lot of white people are different"
Samuel L Jackson, Actor: "There's been a warrior culture here. It's time that ended"
Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader: "I just wish Martin Luther King was here to share the joy"
Jay-Z, rapper: "Rosa Parks sat so that Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so that Obama could run. Obama's running so that we all can fly. I can't wait until 5 November and I'm going to say 'Hello, Brother President'."
Spike Lee, director: "I say it's very simple, we have BB before Barack and AB after Barack. . . . He's here when his country is at it's lowest in many many years."
Stevie Wonder, musician: "He's a combination of JFK and Martin Luther King. With that, he can't lose. I see a time when we will have a united people of the United States."
Sunday, November 2, 2008
You might think The New York Times would run something like this, but the editors of The Great White Paper probably view it as beneath them, and certainly not conducive to pulling in high-priced real-estate ad dollars. So check out The Independent.