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God Bless America

Posted on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008.

On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. According to U.S. Congressman John Lewis, who also spoke that day as the President of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, “Dr. King had the power, the ability, and the capacity to transform those steps on the Lincoln Memorial into a modern day pulpit. By speaking the way he did, he educated, he inspired, he informed not just the people there, but people throughout America and unborn generations.”

Jim & Jay Pitts

38 year old James “Jay” D. Pitts, IV came to the MobileBooth in Springfield, Massachusetts with his father James “Jim” D. Pitts, III on the 45th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic speech. While honoring the past both father and son had their minds on the present and the future. “This is not any ordinary day today,” says Jay. “The Democratic Party is going to nominate the first black presidential candidate, Barack Obama, today.”

“When I graduated from high school in 1960 in Georgia I couldn’t aspire to go to Georgia Tech or University of Georgia, state supported schools, because I was African American,” recalls Jim. “Twenty years later Barack Obama was born and he went to some of the best schools in the country and is now one step away from being President of the United States. God bless America! It’s just wonderful.”

Jim’s interest in politics has been lifelong and in 1972 he ran Shirley Chisholm’s campaign for president in Massachusetts. “She was the first African American and the first woman to seriously run for the presidency of the United States, compete in the primaries, take delegates to the convention and contest the nomination at the convention. She was the embodiment of Hillary and Barack,” says Jim. “We recognized the importance of coming together before the contest and we put together coalition slates of both Shirley Chisholm and George McGovern so we wouldn’t compete in the primaries and we wouldn’t have the kind of tension. That was the way I got to that convention because George McGovern, as you know, swept Massachusetts, both the primary and the general election so we went in on his coattails as Shirley Chisholm delegates. It was a great experience for a 29 year old man who really had not done anything in politics before then.”

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