November 3, 2008 7:14 PM

In Birmingham, Obama's run is more than just politics

Monday night, just hours before the polls open in what is already a historic presidential election, city leaders spoke from the pulpit of the 16th Street Baptist Church to urge the mostly black audience to vote. It was in that very same church that four young girls were killed in a 1963 bombing that was part of the violent opposition to the civil rights movement. In Birmingham, there are few who don't see a connection between that tragedy and Obama's candidacy.

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