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At King's Church, Resonant Tableaux


Barack Obama links arms with Rev. Raphael Warnock, left, and associate pastor Shanan Jones as they sing "We Shall Overcome" during a church service at Ebenezer Baptist Church. (AP).

By Shailagh Murray
ATLANTA -- Sen. Barack Obama's morning appearance Sunday at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church, Ebenezer Baptist, was packed with potent images involving the Democratic presidential candidate:

-- His appeal for racial unity from the pulpit where King preached as he led the national crusade for civil rights;

-- His singing "We Shall Overcome" and clasping hands with church leaders, as the mostly but not entirely black congregation swayed and sang along;

-- His laying a large red wreath at King's tomb, across the street from the church, and embracing his sister, Christine King Farris;

-- And finally, his standing on the steps leading to the tomb, smiling sweetly and stooping to address a young African American boy with a microphone, as the boy conducted an interview for a school project.

Nacoleon Hillsman, 11, is an aspiring journalist, and later said he had asked Obama about his plan to end the Iraq war. The interview was Hillsman's second with the candidate -- his uncle had helped to arrange the first during an Atlanta civil rights dinner in 2006. Hillsman said he sought out the candidate because he wanted to be a part of history, should Obama be elected the first black president.

In addition to questions of Obama, he also had some advice: "Stay strong and listen to yourself."

By Post Editor  |  January 20, 2008; 3:57 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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