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.


This is Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Ari Shapiro. Steve Inskeep is on assignment.


And I'm Renee Montagne.

(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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