Tuscaloosa, AL – Former state Senator Charles Steele has been in Israel this week. He says he's trying to establish a chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference there. He says it's part of an effort to expand the organization outside the United States. Steele says he's the guest of the group African-American Hebrew Israelites. Steele is the newly elected vice president of the national civil rights organization. He says he'll return to Tuscaloosa Thursday.
Birmingham, AL – The Illinois Senate race is the first U.S. Senate battle to have black candidates representing the two major parties. One of them, Barack Obama, says he believes focusing on racial and social differences causes problems.
One of the difficulties that I think our politics has suffered is a politics of division.