Reflections on Obama’s victory
I teamed up with Star-Ledger reporter Mark Mueller to create a series of interviews with elderly African American’s about the election of Barack Obama.
“When this young man Obama speaks, you feel the same feeling (as listening to Martin Luther King Jr.)…You feel a spiritualness about the whole thing.” Walter Gillins 79, of Newark
“I was filled with emotion almost to tears…I’m 89 – I might not even get to see the next election…but I have this.” Eddiemae Livingston 89 of Newark
“I don’t look at the president-elect as per se a black person…Coincidentally (he) happens to be a black man.” Shade Lee 87 of Elizabeth
“I can see us climb up the ladder…and guess what? We might even get so high on that mountain that we can look down and say I was down but now I’m up.” Mamie Lee 84, of Newark