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Obama stands on these Floridians' shoulders

Pioneers_011DENVER -- Preston Marshall stared down fire hoses, billy clubs and hatred to march with Martin Luther King Jr.

Eufaula Frazier watched her Liberty City neighborhood burn after police were cleared of beating an unarmed black motorcyclist to death.

They never thought they would ever see this day.

As Barack Obama becomes the first black presidential nominee of a major party, he stands on the shoulders of these longtime Miamians and other African Americans who struggled and suffered for civil rights.

Much has been said about Obama's effect on young people, but it is the older folks who lay the biggest claim on his acceptance speech.

"I didn't know it would happen in my lifetime,'' said Marshall, who witnessed King's famous Washington address  -- 45 years ago today --  and founded Miami's parade in his honor. "This is a great moment for me, for I have seen that Dr. King's dream is coming true.''

Read their story here.