When Barack Obama formally accepts the Democratic nomination at his Party's convention next week, he'll officially become the first black candidate to lead a major party's presidential campaign.
Obama himself acknowledges those politicians who blazed the trail before him. Among them: Edward Brooke. In 1966, he became the first African American elected to the US Senate, where he represented Massachusetts for 13 years.
To this day, Brooke is still a registered Republican, but he has not publicly endorsed that Party's presidential candidate, John McCain.
So, when WBUR's Bob Oakes spoke with Senator Brooke this week, he asked whether he's considering voting for Obama instead.
This program aired on August 22, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.