The U.S. Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, will formally
accept his party's nomination today, Thursday, in a much-anticipated
speech wrapping up his party's national convention.
Obama will become the first African American to accept a major party's
nomination for president and it comes on the 45th anniversary of Dr.
Martin Luther King Junior's "I Have a Dream" speech on racial equality.
Obama will address a crowd of nearly 80-thousand in an open-air
football stadium called Mile High Stadium in the western U.S. city of
Denver in Colorado.
Observers point to similarities between tonight's
speech and John F. Kennedy's nomination acceptance address to a large
outdoor audience in 1960.
Before the acceptance speech, delegates will watch a video tribute to
Martin Luther King (Junior) and listen to speeches from the slain civil
rights hero's son and daughter.
Party notables including former vice
president Al Gore and state of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson
are also slated to speak to the crowd.