Obama to NAACP: Blacks must seize responsibility

Estelle Holmes, 60, an NAACP delegate from Hitchcock, Texas, is an Obama fan who said she also agrees with Jackson. She noted that Obama grew up in circumstances unfamiliar to most black Americans — born in Hawaii to a white woman and a black Kenyan.

"But I think he feels the pain of African Americans," she adds. And she said she is certain that Obama's wife, Michelle, who grew up in Chicago, does.

In his speech, Obama paid homage to the NAACP and pioneers of the civil rights movement, including Julian Bond, who introduced him to the Cincinnati crowd.

"I know that Thurgood Marshall did not argue Brown v. Board of Education so that some of us could stop doing our jobs as parents. That wasn't the deal," Obama said. "And I know that nine little children did not walk through a schoolhouse door in Little Rock so that we could stand by and let our children drop out of school and turn to gangs for the support they are not getting elsewhere."

Obama, who was raised by a single mother, promised to invest in a laundry list of social programs before talking about the roles of parents. "It starts with teaching our daughters to never allow images on television to tell them what they are worth," he said, "and teaching our sons to treat women with respect, and to realize that responsibility does not end at conception; that what makes them men is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one."

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