Black Churches Celebrate Obama's Historic Win

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Many African Americans who gathered in churches across the country Sunday to worship also gave thanks for the election of Barack Obama.

ARI SHAPIRO, host:

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(Soundbite of crowd chanting "Yes, we can.")

MONTAGNE: After a long campaign season, this chant is now familiar, "Yes, we can." Only this time it didn't come from a rally for Barack Obama. It was the sound of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Yesterday morning, many African-Americans gathered in churches across the country to celebrate the president-elect. Sheila Boston(ph) was among those attending the service in Harlem.

Ms. SHIELA BOSTON: There was exhilaration. There was jubilance. There was joy. This is a historic moment. This is a historic church. So there's a definite connection. And just being African-American people, we couldn't help but be overjoyed.

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