Obama Stumps on Civil Rights at Historic South Carolina Courthouse

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Sen. Barack Obama, trailing in the polls among black Democratic voters, whirled through South Carolina Friday to talk about civil rights and racial disparities, picking up the endorsement of the state's first black Supreme Court justice since Reconstruction along the way.

Ernest Finney, a former state Supreme Court chief justice endorsed Obama Friday, saying the Illinois senator's views on education helped him make up his mind.

Speaking at the Clarendon County Courthouse in Manning, S.C., where families first sued the state over unequal education opportunities for blacks and whites in South Carolina in the 1940s, Obama spoke confidently about his presidential candidacy.

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