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. Sammy

    Obama thinks he knows how to deal with all kinds of problems, including fathers who are MIA from their children. Oh my, someone with an opinion about what to do. We cant have presidents with opinions. It's dangerous and one might actually think for himself and talk about it. Therefore, I propose a constitutional amendment requiring all president-elects to leave any and all opinions at home in storage.

    July 14, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Rachel

    Yeap another speech time for a debate. As Obama gives his speech his will pause raise his head upward nose far in the air and wait for the applause he always does everyone knows what I am talking about too his manufatured picture perfect poses.

    July 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    i'm voting for obama for many reasons, none of them have anything to do with his skin color. that is RIDICULOUS!

    barack obama represents the NEW america, we are soooo over the rich elitist neocons who have DESTROYED our economy, constitution and reputation.

    true americans who love their country need to band together and STOP the greed, nastiness, and old-fashioned ideas of the neocons. a vote for mccain is unamerican b/c he supports the policies and views of unamerican criminals. i am counting the days til The Hauge comes a knockin on the doors of these filthy necon losers!!!

    although he has some SERIOUS explaining to do on his FISA vote; i am very upset about that. but no one will ever be my perfect candidate, and mcCON is firmly planted in Bush/cheney Neoconland, so he isnt even close to being an option for president of my wonderful country!

    July 14, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Janet WV for Obama

    Bayou Joe wants us to know that Obama didn't participate in the Civil Rights marches of the sixties! UHH, maybe that's because he was an infant in the sixties.

    July 14, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. pam Eugene OR

    I think Barack's speeches are motivating and revitalizing to hear, but I also want to hear what he will do to make things better.
    DNC 08

    July 14, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Lisa

    Exactly Ricky the bad thing is, Obama is not even the nominee yet.

    Hillary 08!

    July 14, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Old white woman for Obama

    Barack should not debate McCain till after the convention. Calm down repugs there is plenty of time left to make your candidate look and sound stupid. I doubt it will be at some puny town hall.People want to hear this in front of America not just a few old white people.

    July 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. Janet WV for Obama

    Terry, in VA, do you also criticize the fact that MCCAIN is giving a speech to the NAACP on Wednesday? Is he playing the race card too?

    July 14, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. valerie


    July 14, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. kelly WI

    A pictures worth a thousand words.
    Great pic. Nuff said.

    It was just another way for the left to bring more free media and attention (sympathy) for Obama.

    If it was a republican pic the bots would think it was terrific.

    talk about the pot calling the kettle.....

    July 14, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. TerryDo

    Since Obama was in Rev. Wright's church for the past 20 years listening to his sermons and how African American should support Africa; do you think, if Obama ever becomes president, that he will open the flood gates to Africian countrieslike Kenya and raise the immigration levels to an historical new high?

    Giving an historical speech to the NAACP, isn't that sort of preaching to the choir?

    PuamPac, Just Say No Deal, Denver Groutp et al, demand that
    Hillary R. Clinton name be place in nomination for The First Roll Call at the Denver Convention,

    July 14, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Griff

    Nataka-nini, Obama???? The USA is not for Sale....

    July 14, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. valerie


    July 14, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    OBAMALISM, it's a good thing for you that you live in ameirca, where we have freedom of speech, cuz your misguided, incorrect nonsense is a joke!

    July 14, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Voter

    Sigh...CNN has decided that Obama should be the next president, so we have everything he does cast in "this is very important – historical – really it is" terms.

    Who cares?

    July 14, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. Debby, NJ

    Well let's just wait and see what McShame has to say to the NAACP
    It will be something stupid of course, but don't worry everyone will be asleep

    July 14, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. Jean

    As an 69 year old African American living and participating in "Main Stream America" all of my life, I have have been swimming in this mix of racism, entilement,etc. WHY NOT GIVEN THE MAN SOME AIR????

    July 14, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. ree not a racist

    Who really cares. I'm with Lisa. Enough with the speeches.

    we don't only take negative action, we are just tired of speeches.

    July 14, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. Hispanic For McCain

    latino4Obama July 14th, 2008 5:45 pm ET

    will be there. Latinos need human rights too!

    Yes Latinos need human rights but OBAMA is not the one for the Latinos People. What is it that Hispanic for Obama only want to vote for him just because he Dem. Well This Latino is a Dem but I believe in Principal and Love for this Country and OBAMA is not. He Flip Flop on everythhing just to get a vote, he is a Fruad, and he is not for the Hispanic people. I got news for you and everyone hear in this BLOG Latinos will go for McCain, so all of you stop the Hate. McCain will win the Latinos votes and the Latinos will decide this election and it is going to McCAIN.

    Hispanic for McCain

    July 14, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. Women In California For Obama

    This is to MJ July 14th, 2008 6:14 pm ET

    Why are you people so in love in Obama. He is treating you all like a pawn-You know nothng about him and he is so arrogant. MCCAIN WILL WIN THIS ELECTION. WAIT AND SEE. LIFELONG DEM Who is NOT VOTING FOR THE FAKE, PHONEY, ARROGANT, OBAMA!!!!!yOU People are so freaking clueless. By the way, I have 2 COLLEGE degrees and I am not an educated elite voting for OBAMA.

    You might have two degrees but where are they from? My guess is the Wizard of Oz. Blank pieces of paper scrolled up to resemble degrees and by the way, I may not know Obama but I do know HRC and JM and that is why Obama gets my vote.

    July 14, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. An American Whiner

    President Barack Hussein Obama.

    Love it, hate it, or leave it...


    July 14, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. not important

    Well atleast Obama knows how to give a good speech. McCain talks like Bush.

    July 14, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. terry,va

    Obama is a wind bag, He is a stuffed shirt who has to read his message from script writers on a teleprompter. Debate McCain or go to any town hall meetings where you have to answer questions. Instead of spout your B.S. about "yes we can". You can't even stick with the same position for more than a couple of weeks.

    July 14, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. Mr. Paul

    Lisa, Lisa, Lisa, please don't complain about Obama giving speeches. McCain will give one on Wednesday too. Seems to me like you are a very negative person and you just hate Obama for nothing. Seriously, a guy did not do anything to you, he is just running for a president of the United States of America, and last time I checked that is not a crime. Obama does well in speeches, and McCain does well in town-hall meetings. They are both great candidates and let them do what they do best. Don't be a hater, please.

    July 14, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. terry,va

    Obama is a wind bag, He is a stuffed shirt who has to read his message from script writers on a teleprompter. Debate McCain or go to any town hall meetings where you have to answer questions. Instead of spouting your B.S. about "yes we can". You can't even stick with the same position for more than a couple of weeks.

    July 14, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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