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Local Analysts Comment on Obama's Historic Nomination

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

August 28, 2008

Thursday is the final day of the democratic convention. Day four's theme is "change you can believe in."

Barack Obama is scheduled to take the stage at 10:00 pm, and you can watch his acceptance speech on CBS19.

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, and former Vice President Al Gore will make their remarks about an hour earlier.

The presidential nominee will make his acceptance speech in front of an estimated 75,000 supporters at Denver's Invesco Field.

Obama aides say it will be his chance to address millions of Americans through "direct conversation."

Analysts say it's a prime opportunity for Obama to make his case as to why he should be president, and why John McCain should not.

Paul Freedman, Politics Professor at UVA, says "For Barack Obama to really break out of the pattern that has been established, he needs not only to define himself, he needs to begin to define John McCain on Barack Obama's own terms."

Obama's nomination is a historical event for African-Americans, and Thursday's acceptance speech coincides with a historic anniversary--45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's *I Have A Dream Speech."

And whether or not he wins or loses, some say the fact that Obama has been nominated for president is a big step forward in the continuing fight for civil rights.

Maurice Apprey, Dean of African American Affairs at UVa says, "Ultimately you will find many young people encouraged by this, many young people who thought this day would never come."

Apprey says that Thursday night will serve as a threshold for African-Americans, but will not signify the end of the struggle for racial equality.

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