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A mere 44 years after racial segregation was officially outlawed in the U.S., an African American man has taken the presidency. While Barack Obama’s win spells change and hope for his millions of supporters, the shift in power holds a special significance for blacks both in the U.S. and beyond. Holly Robinson Peete, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Lisa Nichols and Keisha Whitaker weigh in:

Holly Robinson Peete, actress, philanthropist and mom of four, said, “Tonight America grew up enough to kick the race obstacle out of our way to progress. I so wish Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Barack’s Grandma, my Aunt Sheila, my dad and so many others could be here to witness this transformation towards a more perfect union.”

Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, actress and mom of three, said, “I woke up this morning with an electric energy going through me. I can’t explain this feeling except to say I knew something special was about to happen. I knew history would be made today.” 

Lisa Nichols, featured teacher of “The Secret” and mom of one, said, “Tonight I asked my thirteen year-old son, Jelani, what did Barack Obama’s win mean to him and he responded, “Mom, you’ve always told me that I can be anything, but now I have real evidence in Barack Obama.”

Keisha Whitaker, TV host, entrepreneur, mom of three and wife of Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, said: “If I could put a label on this occasion, it would be: “LIFE IS ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES!!”

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