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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.

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Field reports from NBC and affiliates

Field correspondents Posts

Remembering the past, praying for the future

Posted Tuesday, November 4 at 11:11 am CT by msnbc.com
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The 16th Street Baptist Church, designated a national landmark, is seen February 20, 2006 in Birmingham, Alabama. Gonzales was in Birmingham to take part in the dedecation of the 16th Street Batptist Church as a national landmark.  (Photo by Gary Tramontina/Getty Images)

     BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – More than 45 years ago, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., was the site of one of the most horrific attacks in the civil rights movement.

On Sept. 15, 1963, Ku Klux Klan members hid 19 sticks of dynamite underneath the church stairs. The explosion killed four young girls, whose only crime was the color of their skin.

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Political passions ignited in Harlem

Posted Monday, November 3 at 03:30 pm CT by msnbc.com
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The historic Apollo Theater in Harlem. (Frank Franklin II / AP file)

TODAYshow.com reporter Vidya Rao checks in from Harlem, where she finds residents of America's first black cultural capital electrified by Barack Obama’s role in a historic election.

Click here for her report. And check back for updates from NBC News correspondents in Harlem on Election Day.

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