'I know he is going to win,' James said after services at Leonard Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. 'See, God answers prayers, and I am a praying man, and I know he is going to win.'
The 'he' James is referring to is Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. 'From where I came from, with the segregation and all the hatred, I never thought an African-American would get this far in the United States. Really.'
But three weeks until Election Day, James and many other African-Americans are now optimistic they will be part of history.
'I am kind of anticipating it will happen,' said Raymond Henderson, a soft-spoken African-American man in his 60s. 'But no, I did not expect it to happen in my lifetime.'