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Journalist: Obama presidency not yet MLK promised land

Posted January 16, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Chuck Stone, a retired University of North Carolina journalism professor who covered the pioneers of the civil rights movement, said he never thought he would live to see an African-American elected president.

"Never in my wildest dreams," said Stone, 84. "That's the one thing I'm proud of – that I lived that long to see that happen."

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An expert on black political power, he knew or worked with virtually every major civil rights leader.

"The Christian Science Monitor called me the angry young man of the negro press," he said, noting that he simply spoke out.

Stone said he always looked forward to a day when someone like Barack Obama would become president, but he said he's not ready to say an Obama administration is the promised land for blacks that Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about decades ago.

"I think we've made tremendous progress, and we still have a long way to go," he said. "I'm a congenital optimist, and I've lived to see these things happen and I'll live to see more."

Stone has covered four presidential inaugurations, including John F. Kennedy's in 1960, but he said he will watch Obama take the  oath of office from the comfort of his Chapel Hill home.

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  • lampagenda Jan 19, 2009

    Mr. Stone still hasn't lived to see an African-American elected president. Obama is not African-American.

  • sweetsea Jan 19, 2009

    Obama can't be the fulfillment of the dream because if that were the case, poverty and race pimps would be out of business. They have to agitate to survive and keep the $$$$$ coming. Jesse Jackson is running the largest extortion racket out of Chicago since Al Capone and I am not sure that Jesse has eclipsed old Al by a long ways.