August 28th, 2008
10:54 AM ET

Our Stage, Our Speech, Our Time

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Artur Davis 

Yes, I did think this moment would happen. I believed that an aging, maturing democracy was capable of separating itself from race to evaluate the merits of an exemplary candidate. I believed that while the Clintons are formidable, my party would not resist the chance to capture lightning in a bottle. I believed from the first rumblings in Springfield, Ill. in February 2007, that the 2008 election is Barack Obama's time.

By now, most Americans are aware of the improbable historic accident of today, that Barack Obama's acceptance of the Democratic Party's nomination for president comes 45 years to the day after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. The historic arc is stunning from any vantage point. But for black Americans, especially those in the post-civil rights generation, those who, like Obama, are beneficiaries of the struggle and inheritors of the dream, tonight is not merely a night to recognize how far we've come. It is a night very much about the arc forward from this moment.


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  1. l hank, houston, tx

    Last night I was glued to CNN watching the final night of the DNC convention, it was simply wonderfullllllll! I pray for this country daily in hopes that it will continue to be at the fore front of the world on life issues. I hope last night proved that as Americans we can and that we should stand firm on the US constitution that our fore-fathers set in place. Last nigt was demonstration of our constitution in action.

    August 29, 2008 at 9:40 am |
  2. gretchen

    and one more thing..Obama keeps referring to Bush and McCain as one person....well if thats the case !!! why is he the candidate for president and not Clinton ?? they apparently agree on all the same issues..Hmmmm??? could it be..they are different !! all that comes to mind now is the word ..lemmings !!

    August 29, 2008 at 1:22 am |
  3. gretchen

    i watched the dnc..this is what i got out of it Obama..is going to do alot of nice things..for a lot of deserving people ! and ??!! he is going to PRINT HIS OWN MONEY..while walking on WATER !!! people think about this..if he isnt going to raise taxes..WHERE IS THE $$$$ coming from ?? seriously Take off ya sneakers !! put down the KOOL-AID !! he is a wonderful speaker ...he has No record! he has No experience ! he is at best a Rockstar !! i dare you to ask him a question ?? and get an answer with substance..instead he sounds like a beauty queen..i want peace and pretty flowers and yak ..yak..yak

    August 29, 2008 at 1:15 am |
  4. Anna Itaman

    @ Cindy, It is a shame that you have no vision and cannot see the quality of leadership Obama has. We are tired of the same old folks, same old dirty politicians in Washington. We want change and want it now. See what experience brought to the white house " Bush and Chaney" We need new direction and clear goals for our future. We cannot afford to risk the future of the next generation. We are tired of burrowing money from China and feeding the terrorists. Enough is Enough. IT IS A NEW DAY IN AMERCAN HISTORY, IT IS TIME TO TURN THE PAGE.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:35 am |
  5. Anna Itaman

    Where is President Bush? Did I mention vice president Chaney? I really want to see the look on thier faces after this historic momment of the democratic national convention.
    Anna, TX

    August 29, 2008 at 12:26 am |
  6. Anna Itaman

    We need real change, specially healthcare. I am tired of insurance companies dictating to the doctors what to do and what not to do.
    Anna..... Houston, TX

    August 29, 2008 at 12:24 am |
  7. Anna Itaman

    How can we call this election a democracy when there are millions of Permanent residents who have lived in this country, pay their taxes and thier voices cannot be heared. Speaking about change, we need new laws that will allow permanent residents like me vote and have a say in this election process.

    August 29, 2008 at 12:21 am |
  8. Cindy

    @ Suzi...Once again you have no idea what you are talking about. I have a job thank you very much. If you don't like what I have to say stop reading it!! The only one who needs to grow up is obviously you because you can't take someone else's opinion who doesn't agree with you with out blowing up! You are the one attacking people because they won't kiss Obama's butt! Not everyone has to agree with you. You are the exact example of an Obama follower. Someone who thinks that they know it all! Get real!!


    August 28, 2008 at 6:54 pm |
  9. rosie

    ~ i also dont understand BO~ everyone has hope and wants change..what in the sam heck are BO's changes..GIMME sumthang..oh yeah..he is gonna talk...that should work!!! blah..blah..blah GO John McCain, at least he has some experience ..

    August 28, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    I hope that in Obama's speech he weaves in some voice clips of Reverend King giving his "I have a dream" speech with King's image on the screen with Obama. That would be cool and very satisfying – its not often that you see real change occur in your lifetime. This one should be savored.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 28, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  11. Suzi, CA

    "@ Suzi….It’s a free world and blog. If I want to comment I can."

    Hmm, some of us have jobs and professions and are unable to comment of every single entry on the CNN 360 Blog. Get a life, grow up, or go away. Some of us have work to do, but I'm sure we'll hear more of your nonsense later on.

    August 28, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  12. janet

    i have been watching both sides for the last year,i really believe americans need a younger open and determined president it doesnt matter about experience look wha t experience has done for them with the bush goverment,besides the democratic party has tons of experience they make it sound like Obama is working alone he has a great many of people who with tons of experience who cant wait to help him lead the country ,and what people seem to forget Hillary will be one of those people one thing for certain he cant do any worse than whats already been done of course if they elect mccain well i shutter to think about it,

    August 28, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  13. Cindy

    @ Suzi....It's a free world and blog. If I want to comment I can.

    As far as Obama winning in November....dream on! And if by some EXTREMELY rare chance that it happens we all will be crying when he raises taxes on EVERYONE that makes $42,000 or more a year. You think it's bad now wait until that happens! If you don't believe it will happen look up the 2008 Democratic Budget that they made up. This isn't a scare tactic it is a reality.

    Most things that Obama has said he will do was tried by Jimmy Carter and it failed miserably. Did you even know that? Have you researched your man's ideas!? Look it up! Blind faith is a terrible thing to have.


    August 28, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    Last night was a night that I will forever remember. I called all family and friends and told them to make sure they sit down with their children & grandchildren to watch and to make sure that the explain the significance of it to the younger childen who are too young to know.

    Oneof my wishes is that we could add Alabama to Senator Obama's electoral map.

    August 28, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  15. Reena , Phoenix AZ

    For the first time in 8 years I am so proud of this Country, we are finally picking the right person.

    It must be so hard for die hard Republicans who have to put on a front and support their by default candidate who has NO chance!!


    August 28, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  16. Aigerim

    First of all its not an empty bottle. I don't think you would like to be called an empty bottle at the age of 47 (although, not sure how educated you are, given your comment).

    Second of all, a half full bottle with a lightening is much more preferable than a bottle full of poison that we have been drinking for the past 8 years.

    I'd much rather prefer a short, but yet wise experience vs. long and all the way WRONG experience.

    I still have hope in this country, in its ingenuity and strive to be an example of a good citizen around the world.

    August 28, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  17. ed jumba

    Cindy your confort in the polls about Obama is going to meet the greatest suprise come november.I have many friends of mine ,they are young and first time voters but none of them has ever been polled. So watch out for a sunami of obamamians in novermber.

    August 28, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  18. Suzi, CA

    @Cindy, if you don't care for Obama why do you comment on every single blog piece about him? If you don't have something nice to say...as my mother say's, don't say it at all, IMO. Can't wait to see your fawning over the McCain Convention.

    August 28, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  19. Jim

    Last night was an incredible night for the Democrats. We need to see some movement in the polls. If the polls continue to slide then this dream is over.

    August 28, 2008 at 11:39 am |
  20. Cindy

    Yeah..Obama is lightening in a bottle...an empty one with no substance! He is all talk with nothing to back it up. That is why John McCain has risen up to and passed Obama in the polls. People are now seeing through the rhetoric and hearing absolutely nothing to back it up. Obama's race isn't as big of a factor as you and the media want to make it out to be. And while last night may have been historical it doesn't mean that Obama has this race in the bag.


    August 28, 2008 at 11:11 am |