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. Elisabeth

    This will not be a "historic milestone". Mentally Barack Obama is very "white". Sometimes he seems to make a distance between himself and the black community.

    July 14, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Caycee

    I hope he doesn't give them a scolding and a sermon.

    July 14, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Pat Riot

    I think it will be more of a milestone when we don't identify people by race and judge an individual by their character and actions. Barack seems genuine and a nice enough person but he has done nothing for the cause of liberty. His socialist leaning policy puts him in opposition with most of the principles of freedom.

    July 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Riddla

    if you could turn racism and ignorance into crude oil, this country would be energy independent. Fact is Obama's candicy is historic and shows America can move forward from its oppressive past. America should be proud of that it has come this far

    July 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. CW4Barak

    Well done Mr. President.....keep on talking about that responsibility. Keep strong, stay focus, don't digest too much of the negativism that has been thrown your and your family's way....blacks in America have always had to work twice as hard and endure three times as much hardship to make any kind of progress in this country.....this is nothing new. We have a strong, educated, stalwart in yourself running for president and they try to use religion, color, and so call "patriotism" to divide us....to white people, they think they are the only "true" Americans and are the only one's entitled to the American dream....so the hate that is sprewed on these blogs by racist white people is not at all surprising. White people are confused by any strong, positive images of blacks....they would rather be comforted by the images they see on Cops....as that is the only way they feel better about their lives....someone else's light has to go out for their's to shine! Stay strong blacks.....no matter what, we always endure and we always survive, because GOD is on our side.

    July 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Loretta from California

    deliver as many speeches as you would like, Senator. I am listening. If you don't want to hear them....change the channel.


    July 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Montana is Obama Country

    I LOVE my candidate making HISTORY...

    Next Barack and MIchelle will be in the Whitehouse and the Bush Admin will BE history.. !! Thank GOD..!

    YES... >WE<...Can... Obama 2008, 2012....

    July 14, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Amarissa

    Less rhetorics, debate the issues with McCain and stop evading town hall meetings! Read the article inside the New Yorker and learn about who the real BO is! What now, no free press? we have to apologize for a magazine cover? where are we living in, Iran? This is America, Land of the Free! You can dish it but you can't take it? Go New Yorker, keep investigating this unqualified flip flopper, at least you did a 15 page investigation on this man and that is more than can be said by others in the media!
    Hillary 2008!

    July 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Race in the Media

    Would there be so much racist sentiment in this election if the media didn't constantly harp on the issue?

    July 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Dem 4 Obama, PA

    I don't mean to be funny, but just about every speech he makes is an historical one. There has never been an African American candidate, so each speech is the first of its kind.

    That being said, we sons and daughters of the Civil Rights Era are all standing on the shoulders of those who forged the way for us. We appreciate them and thank them for their sacrifices!

    Obama 08

    July 14, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Fred

    Women In California For Obama

    I totally agree. Here they come. Those who think he is running to be the black president obviously hasnt looked at his policy standings.

    July 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Go Obama Go! The White House awaits you and your leadership on January 20th.

    July 14, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Marilyn

    I couldn't care less what Obama has to say to the NAACP or what they have to say to him. I won't we watching or listening to this speech.

    July 14, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. rob

    Very historic, it is a good thing for our country. I hope that we can move forward and debat the real problems of the country.

    July 14, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Javone

    RB TX: whose interests does he have at heart??? He CERTAINLY does not have my interests or those of my family at heart! People I know were just barely making ends meet before all this...now they aren't making ends meetbat all. and this man and his cronies have the GALL to look us in the face and tell us that it is all in their minds?!?!? you have GOT to be kidding!

    July 14, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Tom - Cary, NC

    So, will Obama display one-face, and say that reverse-racism is no longer needed, or will he stay two-faced, and play to the audience?

    July 14, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. CanadianforObama

    America will be better served if Obama became a President to resore America's image abroad!!!!

    July 14, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Typical White Person

    Will they be serving oreos and milk?

    July 14, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Ex-Republican for Obama

    It is important for everyone to argue/debate everyone, to include White against White and Black against Black. We will not be a united nation until we are united in equal debate focused on morals rather then ethnicity.

    The color of skin will never excuse immoral displays of character. It's a simple truth that we as americans (black, white, hispanic, etc) have a poor track record as fathers to our children. For Obama to point the finger at one of the largest statistical failures in that category is not wrong, it is fact. For Jesse Jackson to try to find 'reasons' for the children to be fatherless is biased and a disservice to his cause.

    As a man, a caucasion and an American, I can be ashamed of my failures, and I will own up to them, I feel no guilt when I look at others and judge them by my own standards so long as I am living up to them myself. It takes a pretty strong man to point at his own and say "You are failing, fix it". This is a man trying to become the next President, he could be pandering to your vote and giving you 'excuses' for failing as a father...or he could state his convictions even faced with possible loss of votes. What does he do? He say's it as it is and calls it how he see's it. He places his moral values first and inspires others to live up to them as well.

    Obama '08

    July 14, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    My husband and I look forward to seeing/hearing that speech. I hope CNN will carry it! Seems that whenever Obama is speaking anywhere, they show a part of it and then stop to switch to something else. This is a very important speech tonight, someone please broadcast the entire thing!

    July 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Proud American

    Obama the inteligent choice!!
    Obama '08

    July 14, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Jo Ann

    This is another step in history for our country-Go Obama!

    July 14, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. latino4Obama

    will be there. Latinos need human rights too!

    July 14, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. Kevin-Seattle

    Enjoy your evening Obama.....You deserve it.

    July 14, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. FieldDayforSeanHannity

    Sean Hannity will have a field day that day!

    July 14, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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