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August 28, 1963

REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

TEXT ON SCREEN: 45 years later…

Denver, Colorado

MAN: The big companies are moving overseas. There’s no jobs here. More people’s on fixed income than ever in the history, as I can see. It’s time to do something. The gas is outrageous. You know, the whole world is looking at this.

SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL), PRESIDENT-ELECT: I realize that I’m not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don’t fit the typical pedigree. But I stand before you tonight because all across America something has stirred. What the naysayers don’t understand is that this election has never been about me; it’s about you.

WOMAN: He’s an activist. And, you know, that’s what Jesus was—he was an activist. And then he sent another activist in the form of Martin Luther King.

MAN: Obama’s the only one talking about what King was talking about, building a more perfect union, living out the true meaning of the American creed.

OBAMA: So I just have one word for you tonight, just one word: tomorrow.

WOMAN: And, you know, I tear up when I think about it, because finally I think the country’s going to be united. You know, it’s not going to be black and white and Hispanic and Asian; it’s going to be United States of America, just like he said.

WOMAN: Rosa Parks sat, like, on a bus so Martin Luther King can ride. And then, he said, Martin Luther King rides so Obama can run. And then Obama’s running so we all can fly.

OBAMA: If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled—Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states; we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

NOV. 4, 2008

BARACK OBAMA ELECTED

44th PRESIDENT OF THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

PRODUCERS:

PATRICIA FOULKROD

HARRY HANBURY

DAVIN HUTCHINS

GARLAND MCLAURIN

LAGAN SEBERT

EDITOR:

DAVIN HUTCHINS

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