July 14th, 2008
03:48 PM ET
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Obama's NAACP speech to mark historic milestone

Obama will address the NAACP Monday night.

Obama will address the NAACP Monday night.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama's speech Monday night to the NAACP will mark a historic first: an African-American presidential nominee of a major party will be addressing the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

The speech by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in Cincinnati will also highlight a new generation of black leadership forged not in the civil rights battles of '60s and '70s, but during subsequent decades in which many African-Americans made great strides culturally, politically and economically, but many more remained economically disadvantaged.

Watch: Obama talks about personal responsibility

Obama himself - the son of a black father and a white mother - has acknowledged that his candidacy is in large part due to the struggles of previous generations of black leaders. But he has avoided being labeled an African-American candidate, saying he wants to appeal to all racial and ethnic groups. That has led some to question whether Obama is focusing enough on the needs of the black community.

The generational divide was in full display last week when the Rev. Jesse Jackson, an African-American leader who has long held a place on the American political stage, expressed his frustration with Obama in a comment after an interview on Fox News.

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  1. Lisa


    July 14, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. RB TX

    Obama, I am a new fan of the New Yorker.

    Vote for MCain who has the interests of all Americans in mind instead of Obama and his Black Theology rhetoric.

    Go McCain

    July 14, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Women In California For Obama

    Here we go again with the ignorant racist comments. Anyway, go Obama!

    July 14, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Obama Supporter from FL

    Maybe if you listened to the speeches, Lisa, you would realize Obama is a great candidate.

    July 14, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. DJ, LA, CA

    Jesse Jackson is the past. Obama is the future.

    July 14, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Michelle

    He is the PRESUMPTIVE nominee.

    Don't forget your teleprompter, Barry.

    Ever going to debate McCain? Fort Hood is waiting.

    July 14, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Griff

    That's because you represent nobody, (really) except Borack Obama..
    Who really trusts you??? I don't thats for sure.... Not ever!!!!

    July 14, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Lisa

    I knew for a fact that Obama was going to give a I have a dream speech after what Jesse Jackson said about him. I can't take this anymore, debate Mccain before you give another speech!!!!!!!

    July 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. abby

    We’re done with milestones. It’s time to be truly equal and enough with milestones. Today’s news stories with the New Yorker and Oreo show how ignorant and bigoted so many still are. By far, the majority has moved on but some still linger in hate. The racists are a dieing breed, Thank God.

    July 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Rob

    yesterday he told the latinos that they suffer most in this country, today the black people, tomorrow the hard working white people, the next day the bitter religious guys... did i forget anyone?? lool.

    Rob from NC

    July 14, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. abby

    Lisa, how do you expect him to communicate his message then, telepathically?

    Hate is not a good look.

    July 14, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. aware


    Obama is not black – he is biracial. Michelle is black.

    But, Obama's problem is his left-wing progressive ideology that partners with the "multiculturalism" that is dividing America.

    Thank God that more moderate professors are beginning to replace the professors of multicultural, divisive teaching in our universities and consequently in our public schools!

    Obama is way off base and only exacerbates the divisiveness and the backward, downward and destructive spiral in America. 😦

    July 14, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Politically Speaking

    I love showing my white friends all the racist remarks on this blog. They thought I was in a "mental racist environment" until they read some of the posts in the Political Ticker.

    Oh, they're disgusted with what they read.

    July 14, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Lisa

    This is a circus and Obama is the clown!!

    July 14, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Dr.No

    i'll be watching.those of you who wont listen ,dont complain that you dont know his stand on any issues.

    July 14, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. Dr.No

    let the right-wing racial trash begin...3..2..1...

    July 14, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Rose

    Geez, another historic speech!!!
    Who cares,

    July 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Ms. RDS

    @ Lisa ...um i don't know if anyone told you but the election isn't until November 4! So what do you think candidates do during this time. They give SPEECHES, town hall meetings, and debates. It's not as if they would be doing something else. I'm interested to see what he will say Monday and what McCain will say Wednesday when he speaks at the NAACP.

    July 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    Give this country back to the INDIANS and let them run it on their own. We can be under the indian rule and we won't have to worry about anything at all.I beat that this world will be a better place.

    July 14, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    Give this country back to the INDIANS and let them run it on their own. We can be under the indian rule and we won't have to worry about anything at all.I bet that this world will be a better place.

    July 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. David Peter

    McBush is too old.

    July 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. virginia nielsen

    I really can't understand how the most powerful nation on this planet still holds for it, with those millions of narrow minded, illiterate,stupid and
    haters all over !!! Grow up America !!! The only AXIS of EVIL that I know of is Bush and Chenney, the war mongers. Be wiser and knowlegeable or we are going to lose the first place!!!

    July 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Sharon

    I am so tired of this campaign season. Did you hear what Julian Bond said about President Clinton. There is no way I am voting for Obama. He and Dr. Dean has ruined the Democratic Party.The story everyday is about race. What about the problems facing Americans day in and day out. What about our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its sickening.

    July 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Joe

    Wow-- I've never commented on CNN blogs before, but the picture in this article is perfect. He raises his nose, raises his finger, and sets out to educate everyone about the failures of the African-American community because of their "lack of responsibility".

    I think Mr. Obama says it best when he describes the role of a president in a recent CNN article:

    “I do think part of the role of president is to offer his or her opinions about critical issues, not all of which can be solved by government, but make a big difference in the quality of our society. That doesn’t mean that we’re going to solve these problems overnight, but I’d like to think that if a president says that something’s important, that some people might pay some attention.”

    I guess since he is running for President of the United States, he thinks he knows how to fix "bad fathering" among African-Americans.

    July 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    CNN Please note that Obama's father was from Kenya. It would be good if all of the media would read history and post the truth. "Black Americans" do not like to be labeled 'African-Americans' . We are Americans. Report how many Americans now are bi-racial or multi-racial which all Americans are and you will be writing on a subject of substance.

    I know you probably won't post this, but at least I know you read it.

    July 14, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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