ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Senator Barack Obama stepped on the stage in Harlem Thursday night, the stage "where stars are born, and legends are made."
The Senator was introduced by an always sassy Chris Rock, who told audience members they’d regret and be embarrassed of voting for Clinton instead of Obama, "You’d say, ‘I had that white lady! What was I thinking?"
Obama gave a shout out to another prominent African American who took the stage before him, Dr. Cornel West, and made fun of his large hairstyle.
"I’ve been away from Chicago for so long I haven’t gotten a haircut," Obama joked, "Been looking like him." Obama said Cornel had whipped out a hair pic when he had told the joke earlier in the night.
Obama told a sold-out crowd of 1,400 that he’s running for president because he’s "I’m tired of reading about Jena, I’m of reading about nooses, tired of reading about justice department that doesn’t understand justice," a line which prompted the most boisterous applauses of the night.
Flubbing one of the most symbolic lines of the night, Obama referenced Martin Luther King, "Dr. Kill — Dr. King," Obama corrected himself, and went on evoking the late civil right’s leader’s words of the "fierce urgency of now."
Obama said he won’t ever forget "the only reason I am standing here today is because somebody, somewhere decided to stand up for me when it was hard," and called on the crowd to join with him in continuing the fight together, "we have some unfinished business here in America."
The speech, delivered just blocks away from Former President Bill Clinton’s Harlem office, drew a large, appreciative crowd in the African American community.
But for some, this was Clinton country.
"We love Billy … we would definitely support Hillary Clinton," Harlem resident Herbert Matthews said, "Obama now, we never seen him out here, for him to come out of the blue because it’s primary time and now we need the votes, we’re not with that, we need people that’s here to support the people here in the community."