When Barack Obama was elected President of the United States last night people of all colors joined in the celebration, but for many African Americans the result was more than a party, it was the culmination of centuries of struggle for equal rights.
Octogenarian Marbline Box says, "In my whole life, I came from Arkansas, I never dreamed of having an Afro-American for a president."
Members of Rockford's Alan Chapel congregation talked about how Obama's election ties in with the civil rights movements of the 60's.
Yvonne Muhammad says, "Barack brought all that in. He brought all the momentum for all the people to want to work together to be inspired."
Pastor Woods believes Obama's appeal extends beyond African Americans. "This man whose name is Barack Hussein Obama, but whose skin looks like this, but whose grandmother looks like this, but grew up over here, but who was educated over here. I mean you pull all that together and it's like any American can find something in him that they can latch on to."
The next generation understands the significance of this election too. Auburn high school is buzzing with excitement. Senior Eddie Cade says, "You know back in the 60's when everybody was seeing this vision, it's finally coming true. We're getting to see it." Another senior Frank Freeman adds, "It's exciting to be black and know that we have finally gotten a chance for a black man to be the President of the United States."
History was made Tuesday night, but black America still has it's eyes on the future.