Politics & Government

Election defined a shift in history for Columbus, Ga., residents

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Tuesday night, Lila Star went to bed at 8:30.

"I couldn't watch it," said the 77-year-old Columbus restaurant owner. "I wanted to wake up in the morning and hear about it."

But a few hours later, daughter Sarah Porter called to say that the major television networks had declared Barack Obama the winner.

"It really felt good," she said Thursday while prepping chicken for frying at the Royal Café.

Star shares the sentiments of a generation of older black Americans who came out of the Great Depression as children, lived through segregation and the struggle for civil rights and have now seen the election of the nation's first black president.

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