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Editorial: Obama proves all is possible

Barack Obama will make history Tuesday in being the first black person to become president of the United States.

Coincidentally he accepted his party's nomination to the country's highest political office on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech, and will take his oath of office the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Regardless of whether you support Obama, he will be president to all of us, and has shown a roadmap to success:

• He is educated - a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.

• He worked early on - in community organizing and civil rights as an attorney.

• Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate (1997-2004).

• He taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School.

• Voters elected him to the U.S. Senate (2004) and president in 2008.

Definitely a rising star.

While Obama first gained national prominence only four years ago giving a speech to the 2004 Democratic Convention, he has shown that a member of a minority can make dreams a reality.

As Martin Luther King III, the civil rights leader's eldest son, has said: "This is a monumental moment in our nation's history."

And now that voters have elected him, taking the oath makes it an even greater moment in history.

For all of the naysayers out there, Obama's success is breaking down the long-standing walls of racism. While racial tensions remain in the U.S. and the world he has given hope and proof that Martin Luther King's 1963 march in Washington, D.C., involved more than just a speech.

Anything is possible

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