facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Activist compares Obama to MLK

April 2, 2008 at 8:21 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
MEMPHIS, April 2 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has picked up the civil rights banner from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Memphis activist says.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Wednesday that Maxine Smith, who served for more than 40 years as the executive secretary for the local NAACP, said the Illinois senator's presidential bid is historic.

"I don't think Barack Obama came along for nothing," Smith told an audience of about 40 at the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday. "It ain't happenstance; it's God's will."

Smith said there are similarities between Obama and King, whom she met in the 1940s while they were students in Atlanta, the newspaper reported.

"I don't know if Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States," Smith said. "But I will say that I never thought in my 78 years that we would see the day, in 2008, that a young black man had the very real possibility to become president of the United States."

© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Poll: Voters don't like Republicans but will vote for them Poll: Voters don't like Republicans but will vote for them
2
Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014 Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014
3
Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son
4
Occupy Wall Street celebrates 3-year anniversary by forgiving $4 million of student debt Occupy Wall Street celebrates 3-year anniversary by forgiving $4 million of student debt
5
Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback