November 5, 2008--
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sister, Christine King Farris, celebrates U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama's win Tuesday night at a Baptist church in Atlanta, Georgia
History was made when Obama, 47, became the United States' first African-American President.
Obama took 52 percent of the popular vote, while his Republican opponent, John McCain, earned 46 percent.
The election saw the highest American voter turnout in 40 years
, with nearly 120 million people casting ballots, experts estimated.
Around the globe people took to the streets to revel in Obama's win, considered by many an inspiration for minorities and a sign that the U.S. plans to change direction, the Washington Post
Photograph by John Bazemore/AP