November 4, 2008
What a night the citizens of the world have all been blessed to witness this day!!!
happened in the United States of America.
Most of us never
felt we could say our nation’s name and really mean it fully:
The United States of America; not when we have a Constitution that
never meant to include us, valuing us at 3/5ths of a man.
Tonight, we can
all say our country’s name with a measure of pride because this
nation just turned a milestone corner.
Americans came together this day for the good of this country.
It took a failing
economy, two wars, a financial crises now witnessed since the
Great Depression, a demoralized nation, and a country divided
before many woke up out of an eight year slumber and realized we
could not go through another four years of the same. We just could
Step to the
spotlight Barack Obama.
Of all of our
choices this election, Obama was the perfect African American
candidate for this time in history and for this day. He is a
“citizen of the world.” He is as much a Black man as he is an
Anglo man. He represents the best of both races. He had all the
elements that made his a serious contender: intelligence,
education, eloquence, graciousness, a sense of community,
humility, and so much more.
And he is
willing to take the baton passed on to him at a time where whoever
steps into his job has got to be willing to do an astronomical
clean up job, like many Black mayors, Black governors and other
elected officials have attempted.
I was brought to
tears this evening as I thought about all of our ancestors who
paved the way for this very historical moment. At the top of the
list is my mother, a woman with an eighth grade education from the
deep South, the state of Mississippi, who never missed an election
to cast her vote. I watched her each election as she religiously
put on her bifocals and prepared her ballot to make her vote
count. She knew firsthand the cost of fighting for the right to
vote in the South and never took it for granted.
And now we
see another generation that has also come to understand the value
of each vote.
I think about all
our ancestors who were snatched against their will from Africa to
build this nation. The atrocities African Americans endured since
1619, and even before, are far too numerous to count. I am
reminded of the likes of Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass,
Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, Mary McLeod Bethune, Denmark Vesey,
Fanny Lou Hamer and all the unsung heroes who gave their lives as
they stood up for right and dared to fight for equality.
They had a
calling and a place in history just as vital as Barack Obama has.
This was a day
that most of us sat on pins and needles because we did not know
what the outcome of this exciting and momentous election would be.
We believed by all projections that Obama would win but the
question was if the polls would allow each vote to be counted.
what happened the last two elections and knew what the Republican
party was capable of, but this time they would have some
explaining to do if they tried to rob this election.
And so justice
prevailed. We witnessed a concession speech from John McCain that
sincerely seemed to come from his heart. I applaud him for his
This day we can
now hope and dream without measure. Little chocolate boys and
girls, and indeed all children of color now know we can. At the
same time, the world can look to us with fresh eyes, new
possibilities and regained respect.
So here is to the
Obama first family, here is to African Americans, here is to
Americans and here is to all the citizens of the world.
We did it
and yes, we still can and will!!!!
Cheers to all of
Walk in Balance,