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MLK Day, Obama, and Race
President Barack Obama visits the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009. (AP)

President Barack Obama visits the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009. (AP)

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There were rapturous scenes a year ago as Barack Obama became the first African-American president of the United States.

Millions of Americans celebrated a milestone in America’s hard racial history, African-Americans in tears of pride and joy at a day many thought they would never see.

A year later, on this Martin Luther King Day, were talking with African-Americans about what Obama’s first year in office has meant to them and the country in racial terms. From schoolrooms to workplaces to private conversations and the halls of power.

This hour, On Point: African-Americans speak about one year of Obama.

Guests:

Joining us from Berkeley, Calif., is Barbara Lee, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Since 1998 she has represented the 9th District in California, which includes Berkeley and Oakland.

From New York, we’re joined by Sheena Wright, chief executive of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a community development group that provides affordable housing, social services and educational opportunities to residents in Harlem. She was recently profiled in The New York Times.

And joining us from Knoxville, Tenn., is Raphael Wornack, Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. once led the congregation. Five years ago, at age 35, Wornack became the fifth and youngest person ever to lead the Ebenezer Baptist Church, which was founded in 1886.

During this hour we also hear from young Americans around the country, thanks to Youth Radio. They sent out kids to interview kids for us about race in America one year after President Obama’s election.

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