HEADLINE: Churches use Sunday service to reflect on Obama’s win
CAPTION: Jubilation, pride and relief permeated pews and pulpits at predominantly black churches across the country on the first Sunday after Barack Obama’s election, with congregrants blowing horns, waving American flags and raising their hands to the heavens. (Nov. 10)
NB. THIS IS A VOICEOVER TRANSCRIPT, NOT A FULL SHOT LIST.
This week’s service at Washington’s Metropolitan AME Church doubled as a celebration and a chance for the congregation to give thanks for the election of America’s first black president.
SOT It’s cool in here — let me just get (puts on Obama hat) cheering
The church sits just blocks from the White House and many of the prayers offered here Sunday are focused on its next resident.
SOT Janice Hazel Praying for a wonderful tenure in the White House. A reunification and restoration of our great country.
SOT Lisa Pridgen-Smith I was praying for Barack and his family and for the nation as a whole — he’s going to do great things for the nation. Great things.
SOT Ronald Braxton The excitement you felt this morning is I think the excitement you feel all over this country, all over the world.
It’s being felt in Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church at the pulpit where reverend Martin Luther King, Junior once stood.
SOT Rev. Raphael Warnock Barack Obama stood this week against the fierce tide of history.
A history all too familiar for an older generation of African-Americans.
SOT James when I was a young man growing up it was just inconcievable that you would think that an african-american could be president of the United States. It wouldn’t matter if you had two Harvard degrees and three from M.I.T.
SOT Even though we always said I was told as a child and my children were told we could do anything we wanted to do, I don’t even think we dreamed of doing this.
In the days and weeks to come the focus is likely to turn to the policies and potential for the Obama administration. But African-Americans across the country are taking timeout to savor a moment in history.
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