CINCINNATI – The chairman of the NAACP says racial disparity will remain an issue in America whether or not Barack Obama is elected as the nation's first black president.
Julian Bond told the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People convention Sunday night that Obama's candidacy doesn't "herald a post-civil rights America, any more than his victory in November will mean that race as an issue has been vanquished in America."
He says black Americans should feel proud that a presidential candidate who couldn't have stayed in some cities' hotels several decades ago won the Democratic nomination.
Obama plans to address the convention Monday night. Republican presidential candidate John McCain plans to speak Wednesday.