The First African-American...
...to actually have a shot at winning the White House will be Barack Obama. (Sure, Al Sharpton runs every year, but that's just to keep things lively.)
And now he's taken the first step by announcing his 'exploratory committee,' which is the regulatory filing equivalent of announcing you are running for President.
It took about 30 seconds of his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention for viewers to realize that while they had not heard of him before--at that time he was a political unknown, running for Sentate, which he did win--they would not be forgetting his name for years to come. He was extremely well-spoken, eloquent yet simple, and painted a very clear and exciting picture of what he felt like America could become, without mudslinging or name-calling. I remembering hollering to Jenni that she needed to get into the TV room and see the man who will become the first black President of the United States.
It may not be this go-round, but it's going to happen. It is a very exciting time. My worry is that some James Earl Ray wanna-be will decide all on his red-neck own that the country's not ready for that kind of man to run our country.
Run, Obama, run.