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As Barack Obama became the first black candidate to win the nation’s highest elected office, msnbc.com was on hand to document the thoughts and emotions of members of three generations of African-Americans. Click on the photos below to read a specific thread, or on the NBC logo to read field reports on the role of race in the election. Or you can scan the posts at right to read them in chronological order.

Validus Prep students

Students at Validus Prep, the Bronx, N.Y.

Tammy Baker

Tammy Baker, office worker, Nashville, Tenn.

Henry McGee Jr.

Henry McGee Jr., law professor, Seattle, Wa.


Field reports from NBC and affiliates

‘It’s Obama’s time’: An historic night in Harlem

Posted Wednesday, November 5 at 01:49 pm CT by msnbc.com
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People react to news that Sen. Barack Obama has been elected president in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, N.Y. (Justin Lane / EPA)

More than 1,000 people watching the election results on a JumboTron in Harlem cheered wildly and spilled into the streets as the announcement came that Barack Obama had been elected America's 44th president.

Several people in the multiracial crowd broke down in tears, unable to contain their emotions.You can read more about their sentiments, and learn more about some of Harlem's landmarks, by clicking here.

“This means so much,” Tamika Wallace, 24, said through sobs after calling her mother to share her joy. “This is such a historic day, and to be here with everyone to see a black president get elected — I don’t have words to explain how it feels.”

You can read much more on the reaction in Harlem in this "Today" special report.


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