COGIC members speak on importance of Obama's win

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Tuesday night's historic win for Barack Obama has inspired many Americans. But in the African-American community there is an overwhelming sense of pride.

Nowhere has it been more talked about than at the Church of God in Christ's annual convocation in Memphis this week.

Members of the Church of God in Christ's congregation said they never thought they would see the day when the country would get its first black president.

"I suppose it's the way it's always been.  I just didn't think a black man would ever come to this point," church member Mary Scisney said.

"You knew it was coming, but you just didn't know when.  You didn't know who was going to carry the mountain," church member Angela Bennett said.

The Obamas are no strangers to the COGIC community.  In 2007, Michelle Obama spoke at G.E. Patterson's funeral.

Church members said once Obama is sworn into office there is going to be a lot of changes when it comes to the economy.

"There's gonna be more jobs when people have a piece of mind, jobs open up anyway.  Big businesses can trust their investment because they know the work is going to be available," church member Mack Major said.

And foreign policy and race relations.

"I think it's all going to help us realize we are all one.  We're not black, white.  We're all the same.  We all bleed the same," Bennett said.

Changes they said will help move the U.S. in a different direction with hope for a brighter future.

The Church of God in Christ is the fourth largest Protestant religious denomination in the U.S. with more than 6.5 million members.

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