Wednesday, November 5, 2008

History in the Making!

This is dedicated to my great great aunt, my great grand parents, my mom, and aunt…who are not here to witness change.

28 August 2008, 45 years to the day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have a Dream speech, Senator Barack Obama delivered his acceptance speech as the Democratic Nominee for Presidency. 4 November 2008, again, Senator Barack Obama made history by being the first African-American President-elect, dropping the title Senator. 20 January 2009 we will be able to call him the 44th AMERICAN PRESIDENT…How about that for change!

I have been told by many that I am a black woman living in America but never an American who happens to be black and a woman. So on this day I am excited to know that an American man who happens to be BLACK has made history. He is everything that the colors of the American flag represent. He is our Red (Hardiness and Valor), White (Innocence and Purity), and Blue (Justice and Perseverance).

I have never, since I registered to vote, stood in line for 3 hours to participate in an election and I exercise my right to vote at every election. While I was standing in line, outside in the rain and cold, I noticed people I have not seen in years, people from middle/high school, former co-workers, and I’m quite sure it was a first for some. Whether it was first for some or the hundredth for others I was still excited. I was excited to see how my family, young and old, started to ask questions and constantly watch CNN, I was excited when my little cousins registered to vote on their 18th birthdays and were able to participate in this history making election, I was proud to see that cable networks that normally air dysfunctional programs were educating our youth our people on the issues, again I was EXCITED!

When it comes to political or religious topics I tend to keep my opinions to myself but this time I could not help it! We have a man who spoke on issues that concerned me, that will make a better life for me and my family, a man that CARES! On this day we have a man who is not afraid to show his love for his family, share his experience or lack of in life or work, or try to hide his mixed heritage. On this day we have a man that truly represents AMERICA.

I know times will be hard for the new President-elect Obama, but he is a man of strong character, strong will, and shows a sense of moral integrity. Am I blinded by this new step in history? Not at all; I know we live in a country that was built on racism; a country that still shows that ugly side, but we also live in country that has proved we could come together for a common good and do what is best for our country.

President-elect Barack Obama based his campaign on the notion of CHANGE and a philosophy of YES WE CAN! On the cold day of 20 January 2009 with or without a ticket to be up close I will be on the Mall to witness this moment in history, this future of change, and this belief of Yes We Can.

“It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation: Yes, we can.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionist as they blazed a trail towards freedom through the darkest of night: Yes, we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed west ward against an unforgiving wilderness: Yes, we can.
It was a call of workers who organized, women who reached for the ballot, a president who chose the moon as our new frontier, and a king who took us to a mountain top and pointed the way to the promiseLand: Yes, we can to justice and equality.
Yes, we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes, we can heal this nation.
Yes, we can repair this world.
Yes, we can!”

Barack Obama in New Hampshire January 8, 2008