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For the Descendants of King's Dream, a New Day Dawns
The wait for Obama took hours and hours and hours, but when he finally arrived, nearly all of Mississippi's delegates hopped to their feet, joined by the thunder of 84,000, who cheered and flapped signs and waved flags.
Kelly Jacobs, wearing a red-white-and-blue Ole Miss Rebels dress, was in the aisle in long white gloves doing "the bump." Mississippi was now the state of imagination.
The state's Democratic Party chairman, Jamie Franks, is 35 and white, and "from a different generation," he said. "We don't have the problems of being raised in a segregated society. We're trying to work together the best way we can in Mississippi, because we realize we're all in this together."
Sanders moves gingerly now. It's not 1964. Here at Invesco Field, she was eating popcorn and holding three American flags in her lap. But when Obama said, "With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States," she lifted out of her chair, a wide grin on her face, and started waving those flags.
"Now is the time," Obama urged from the podium again and again, borrowing the phrase King had repeated that day in a crescendo of urgency.
The night came to an end with fireworks shooting out of the columned backdrop of the podium, and confetti showering the stage.
It was time to return home, and work for a dream.
"Waving flags and dancing is okay, to some extent," said Sanders. "But the most important thing is being engaged enough to go back home and work for the victory. There is a lot of work to be done."
Emma Sanders should know.