Spencer's Beauty-Shop Pitch for Obama

The actress was among the celebs at recent Obama-campaign meet and greets targeting black voters.

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Kennedy was giving a trim to Caleb Green, called "our next Barack" by Spencer when she stopped for a photo with the slightly fidgety 4-year-old. His mother, Sabrina Green of Charlotte, said she would like to see more community campaigning. "A lot of people my age don't take it seriously," the 30-year-old fast-food restaurant manager said.

In a conversation as she was about to leave to meet with volunteers and make some phone calls, Spencer told The Root why she traveled from Los Angeles for a day of campaigning in North Carolina. "We can either vote for a progressive incumbent, or the alternative is to regress with the Tea Party," a group she said "is trying to rewrite history." She reflected on changes since the repression during the time in which her most famous film was set. "To me, voting is more of a duty than a right. That's why I'm here."

Mary C. Curtis, an award-winning Charlotte, N.C.-based journalist, is a contributor to the Washington Post's "She the People" blog, The Root, Fox News Charlotte and Creative Loafing, and has worked at the New York Times, the Charlotte Observer and as national correspondent for Politics Daily. Follow her on Twitter.

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Mary C. Curtis is a Roll Call columnist and contributor to NPR and NBCBLK, who has worked at The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Charlotte Observer, Politics Daily and as a contributor to The Washington Post. She is a senior facilitator for The OpEd Project at Cornell and Yale universities. Follow her on Twitter.

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