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For African-American Voters, A Historic Moment

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For African-American Voters, A Historic Moment

Election 2008

For African-American Voters, A Historic Moment

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.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

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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