In this American News Project video reporters travel to Birmingham, Alabama to talk with civil rights leaders about Barack Obama’s candidacy for president. Reporter Tony Pugh opens the piece by questioning whether calling the Obama campaign a movement is clichéd, as the very existence of an Obama candidacy is a culmination of the struggle and triumph of the civil rights movement. Tommy Wrenn, chairman of the Civil Rights Activist Committee had a different perspective. Obama is the only one talking about “building a more perfect nation,” he said, the only one talking about what it means to live “out the meaning of the American creed.”

Marissa Colón-Margolies

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