Election 2008

For African-American Voters, A Historic Moment

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This year, an unprecedented number of African-Americans are expected to cast ballots and mostly for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Black voters from Tuscon, Ariz., and Shreveport, La., talk about their choices.


On this Election Day, we're hearing from voters across the country. This year, an unprecedented number of African-Americans are expected to cast ballots.

Ms. JANNY KELLY: This is a history-making moment right now, and it used to be a time when people of my color, we couldn't vote.

BLOCK: Fifty eight year old Janny Kelly of Tucson, Arizona.

Ms. KELLY: With this election, it's just shining a whole new light on everything. And I'm proud that I have lived to see this.

BLOCK: And 70-year old Betty Anthony of Shreveport, Louisiana says she'll talk about the historic nature of this election with her grandchildren.

Ms. BETTY ANTHONY: I would tell them it was the first thing I live to see in history, a black man running and a woman. And I was glad to see both of them run.

BLOCK: We'll hear from more voters later in the program. And starting at seven PM Eastern, you can join us on most NPR stations for coverage of the election returns.

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