From The Charlotte Post via BlackPoliticsontheWeb.com:

In perhaps the most candid direct message to black people since his Democratic nomination, then Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama, on election eve Monday, credited black voters for his historic political rise, promising to make a difference in their lives if elected.

“Everyone under the sound of my voice understands the struggles we face. Everyone understands the fierce urgency of now. You all know what’s at stake in this election,” Obama said in a live telephone conference with black leaders Monday morning.

The “listen only” call included a spectrum of speakers, including civil rights icon Rev. Joseph Lowery, Oprah Winfrey, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn.

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Also citing historic get out to vote efforts in North Carolina and Virginia, Obama said, “Our campaign is alive and thriving in all of these states as well as Florida and Ohio, And mainly it’s because of an energized African-American community. You have done this. Through your hard work, your commitment to this movement, you have forever changed the political landscape of this country and we have to keep working to keep up the enthusiasm. We’re seeing things like we’ve never seen before.”

In a euphoric moment, Obama, running comfortably ahead of his Republican opponent Sen. John McCain in most polls, imagined how a black family in the White House would change America beyond public policy.

“I’m convinced that not only are we going to change this country, but we’re going to change this community,” he said. “We’re going to change our sons, our daughters, our grandchildren, how they look at themselves. We’re going to transform barriers in the world. We’re going to change the hearts and minds of people around the world. That’s a powerful thing. That’s more powerful than any policy out there and any governmental program,” he said.

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