We shall overcome (song+ lyrics) sung by Pete Seeger
Martin Luther King
A song adapted from Charles Tindley's gospel song "I'll overcome Some Day" (1900), sung by thousands of people during MLK famous speech 'I have a dream' delivered on the 28th of August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Barack Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States of America and the 1st black American President !
2008 Obama speech in Grand Park Chicago "If there is anyone out there who still doubts America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our Democracy, tonight is your answer." [...] "Change has come to America" (President B.Obama)
Pour le CRPE Un article de BBC News sur cette élection historique + la carte de répartition des votes des états
Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday in the USA. MLK's birthday is celebrated on the third Monday in January each year.
In 2008, it falls on the 21st of January.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MLK !
MLK was born in Atlanta on the 15th of January 1929. He was a minister of the Baptist church in Montgomery. He became a very famous leader of the civil Rights Movement : black boycott of segregated bus lines with Rosa Parks in 1955-56, March on washington and speech :"I have a dream" in 1963, ... He was assassinated in 1968.
Primary elections and Caucuses have begun ! The actual President (George W Bush ) and Vice President (Dick Cheney) cannot be reelected. The race is going to be fierce ! The first results in the state of IOWA are : (January 3rd, 2008) Democrats : Obama 38%, Edwards 30%, Hilary Clinton 29% Republicans : Huckabee 34% Romney 26% Thompson 13%
Primary elections and Caucuses These first elections enable party members to vote for the candidate that will represent their party in the General election
National Conventions After the Primary elections and Caucuses, each party holds a convention and chooses a candidate for the Vice Presidency (a running-mate).
The general election
Candidates campaign throughout the US to get support of voters. In November, they will vote for one candidate. When people vote in the general election , they don’t vote for the Presidential candidate, they vote electors who belong to the Electoral College. These electors will vote for their State’s preferred candidate.
The Electoral College
In December, the electors vote. The results are given in January. The President is the candidate with more than half of the votes.