Voting rights organizations had warned for months that thousands of voters across the country mighbe disenfranchised by problems related to anticipated high turnout or actions that lessened participation of specific groups of voters. While they focused on protecting the vote, they also looked ahead to future fundamental reforms.
Riding Barack Obama’s long coattails, the Democrats expanded their Senate majority by at least five seats and added 20 or more to their majority in the House of Representatives Nov. 4.
CHICAGO — With the nation and world watching, lights sparkled across Grant Park on Election Night as more than 240,000 Americans of all races and backgrounds gathered to hear President-elect Barack Obama call on them to “join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.”
On Nov. 4, 2008, it happened — Barack Obama became our first African American president. What an historic moment this is. A nation that held people of African descent in bondage for 300 years and denied them rights of citizenship under Jim Crow for a century more has elected a Black president. It doesn’t get any more historic than that.