D.C. Neighborhood Turns Out For Obama

In the nation's capital, a celebration spontaneously began in a historically black neighborhood at 14th and U Streets Northwest. Once the election was called for Democrat Barack Obama, hundreds of people poured from bars and restaurants into the neighborhood — despite a heavy drizzle.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

So that was the scene at the White House. Let's go now to another neighborhood in Washington, D.C., my neighborhood, incidentally; but more important, a historic neighborhood in Washington because forty years ago on a street corner in 1968, a riot began in Washington. It was a mostly black neighborhood then, and Martin Luther King had just been assassinated. Last night, November 4, 2008, on that same street corner, thousands of people of all races gathered to celebrate Barack Obama's election. Among them, Sean Drummond(ph).

Mr. SEAN DRUMMOND: What I'm seeing on the street now is pandemonium. People are riding by, blowing their horns, screaming out the windows. A lot of fist pumps - "fist bumps," quote, unquote. And it's all good. It's time for a change.

INSKEEP: Nearby, a drum circle was playing as Theresa Powell(ph) took in the rhythm.

Ms. THERESA POWELL: I can understand the challenges that, you know, my ancestors went through, not just mine, but yours too, to fight for the rights of just us to vote freely. And it's just so amazing to me.

INSKEEP: One of the people celebrating on a street corner in Washington, D.C., after the election of Barack Obama.

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