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Black Democrats at the Convention

Tuesday night, Missouri's delegates at the Democratic National Convention listened to U.S. Senate Candidate Barack Obama from Illinois address the convention. KSMU's Missy Shelton spoke with African-American delegates from Missouri about the Democractic Party's attitude toward minorities.

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS PRIDED ITSELF ON BEING THE PARTY OF INCLUSION'BUT RECENTLY, SOME MISSOURI DEMOCRATS HAVE BEGUN TO QUESTION THAT'SAYING THE PARTY JUST ASSUMES THE BLACK VOTE WILL BE THERE.

THAT'S MISSOURI STATE SENATOR MARY BLAND.

AND IT'S THAT KIND OF FRUSTRATION THAT PRESIDENT BUSH TRIED TO TAP INTO WHEN HE RECENTLY SPOKE TO THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE'HE TALKED ABOUT HOW THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS TAKEN THE BLACK VOTE FOR GRANTED'MISSOURI CONGRESSMAN LACY CLAY AGREES.

SOME WORRY THAT TAKING THE BLACK VOTE FOR GRANTED COULD CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR DEMOCRATS IN NOVEMBER.

TALIBDN EL-AMIN IS A MISSOURI DELEGATE AT THE CONVENTION'HE SAYS THE DEMOCRATS SHOULD LEARN FROM HISTORY.

EL-AMIN SAYS HE APPRECIATED THE FACT THAT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER TUESDAY NIGHT WAS AN UP-AND-COMING AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICIAN.

DESPITE THE PROMINENCE OF BARAK OMBAMA IN THE CONVENTION SPEAKERS LINE-UP, STATE SENATOR MARY BLAND ISN'T SO SURE THE PARTY'S DONE ENOUGH.

SHE SAYS THAT LACK OF COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO GET BLACKS TO THE POLLS ON ELECTION DAY.

IT MIGHT BE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND WHY AFRICAN-AMERICANS STAY LOYAL TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WHEN SOME LIKE BLAND SAYS THERE'S MUCH THE PARTY NEEDS TO DO TO REACH OUT TO THE BLACK COMMUNITY'BLAND SAYS THERE'S ONE REASON FOR THAT LOYALTY.

OF THE 104 MISSOURI DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES, 20 ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN, 2 ARE NATIVE AMERICAN'AND THERE'S ONE HISPANIC.