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Obama Speaks On Racism

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In what was billed as one of the defining addresses of his campaign, Sen. Barack Obama, speaking in Philadelphia Tuesday, discusses the issue of race in America. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Michelle Obama listens to her husband speak in Philadelphia. In his speech, Barack Obama said his wife “carries within her the blood of slaves and slave owners -- an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters.” (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
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Obama supporter Marty Nesbitt listens to Barack Obama speak about race during a news conference in Philadelphia. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
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Michelle Obama, center, applauds before her husband’s speech. Seeking to recapture the message of racial unity that marked his campaign kickoff, Barack Obama spoke to supporters at the National Constitution Center, a museum in Philadelphia honoring the nation’s founding. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
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Sen. Barack Obama at the National Constitution Center, a museum in Philadelphia honoring the nation’s founding, where he stood before eight U.S. flags while delivering a speech on the issue of race. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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