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April 29, 2013

Obama broke the mold, and then the mold broke?

The nation hasn’t seen many African Americans elected to high office since Barack Obama won the White House in 2008

The Buzz

The facts, faces and hum of local politics with Steve Kraske and Dave Helling

It’s been five years since Barack Obama shattered the myth that African Americans can’t win the presidency.

But now, a question has arisen: Why aren’t any blacks following in his footsteps?

Since then, the bare-knuckled truth is that no African American has even been elected to a U.S Senate seat, although blacks have been appointed to vacant seats.

And the country has seen only one African American elected governor in recent years, and he may be leaving the cupboard of black chief executives bare when he leaves office after 2013.

“That’s why when people ask me whether the election of President Obama is the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream, I say, ‘No, it’s just a down payment,’” said Congressman John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia. “`There’s still a lot of work to do.’”

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