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President Obama at the NAACP Convention (2009)locked


U S President Barack Obama s address to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP on 16 July 2009 was loaded with symbolism The nation s first African American president was speaking to the nation s first African American civil rights organization an institution whose direct efforts contributed to the very possibility of Obama being there that night as the forty fourth president of the United States of America Additionally his speech coincided with the organization s one hundred year anniversary Well aware of the significance Obama spent a sizeable part of his introduction extolling the accomplishments of the NAACP and the American civil rights movement Because of their efforts Obama concluded discrimination is perhaps the rarest it has ever been in American history Nevertheless Obama s discourse was not filled only with innocuous praise While not criticizing the organization he suggested its priorities staked traditionally in ...

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