Historic church reacts to Obama win

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- Running on a platform of change, Senator Barack Obama is now just two months away from the American Presidency--a change in itself that, at one point, seemed impossible.

"45 years ago we didn't even have the right to vote," exclaimed Pastor Michael Thurman, who runs Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used to hold Thurman's position.  In many ways, Thurman says, the small church may have helped Obama win the Oval Office.

"...because of the significant things Martin Luther King, Junior had done, and the largest Civil Rights movement," Thurman explained.

The news of the election has parishioners praising the President-elect and the breakthrough Obama will make when he's sworn in.

"When I heard the announcement that he won the election, it was just a great feeling and so overwhelming," said Laarni Cox, a member of the church.

It's a feeling many African-Americans say they never expected.

"To see this actually become a reality in American politics is just unbelievable.  I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime," Thurman explained.

As Mr. Obama heads to Washington, his supporters in the cradle of the Civil Rights movement will watch history unfold.

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had the dream, and to realize that part of his dream are actually coming to fruition right now...I don't think words can express how that feels," Cox said.