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125th in the heart of Harlem. A 50 foot jumbotron has been set up outside the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building. It's the first time something like this has ever been done here. Everytime numbers come in favoring Obama a cheer goes up from the crowd, "O-BAH-MA."
I sat in Maya Angelou's living room in a restored brownstone several blocks away earlier. She said she felt an eagerness in Harlem she hadn't felt since the 1960's. She said in recent months, you "could't walk the streets without people stopping you and saying isn't it exciting. Spanish people stop other people who don't speak Spanish and say isn't it a good time. Of course it's contagious if you don't have it you'll get it."
Longtime civil rights activist Hazel Dukes working at a poll site earlier in the day said seniors in wheel chairs and walkers stood in line with first time voters. And that kids 6-7-8 years old spoke of pride that their moms were voting for Obama. Dukes who knew Medgar Evers when he was slain while registering voters in Mississippi said this election culminates what she and others have been working towards as civil rights leaders for the last 30 years.
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