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This Day in Black History: Nov. 4, 2008

This Day in Black History: Nov. 4, 2008

Barack Obama is elected the first Black president of the United States.

Published November 4, 2011

Illinois Senator Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States. The Democratic candidate was the first African-American to be nominated by a major party, and the first to win election. He tallied 365 electoral votes to 173 for his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

 (Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP)

Written by Britt Middleton

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