Local reaction to the new president-elect - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Jackson 11/05/08

Local reaction to the new president-elect

Barack Obama didn't win here at home, but the prospect of America's first African American president has excited many Mississippians.

During his acceptance speech last night, the president-elect admitted that he hasn't won over everyone, but he will work hard for every American.

Civil Rights Activist and Jackson Radio Host Charles Evers says he never expected to see a black president in his lifetime.

He says African-Americans now have a duty to uphold, "We can no longer embarrass him by our children dropping out of school, by our kids with their pants hanging down their behinds, drinking wine, smoking dope, it's time for us to step up to the plate."

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