Lifting the Veil of Ignorance statue stands out at Tuskegee University exemplifying luminosity for not only academic knowledge, but social and political liberty.
Women marched, cried out, collaborated, debated, labored, and contested as they sought a basic right given to other "Americans". After many confrontations, tears, fear, threats, and ressistence, in 1920 Women were given the right to vote in the U.S.
After the Emanicipation Proclaimation, Reconstruction began in the south. The status of African Americans gained several rights from the constitution previously denied to them during their tenure in slavery. Reconstruction existed between 1865 - 1877.
However, the inception of Jim Crow Laws placed in effect enforced terror throughout the south and other states across the nation that quickly halted reconstruction and the voting rights freedom.
It took many confrontations, the bloodshed and even death of many people to instill a Civil Rights Act in 1964 and a Voting Acts Right in 1965...Yes less than half a century ago, 1965 African Americans were given the right to vote.
Our first President George Washington took oath for office in 1789 without the visable voice of women or minorities and for decades to follow the opinions, input, and ingenius of these groups of citzens was left out of the status quo.
Leaving us with what would become the "good old boys" to shape, define, and dictate the political future of the "home of the brave".
As we stand ready to go to the polls in 2008 we have fresh and incredible choices to make and opportunity to "lift a veil of ignorance".
An intelligent, innovative, entergetic and capable candidate runs that just happens to be a woman.
Likewise, an intelligent, entergetic, innovative and capable candidate running who is - an African American man.
I point these 2 candidates out because 50 years ago it would have been impossible fo either to have seriously even considered such. Although progress is being made for opportunities we can't stop pushing forward towards social justice, enlightement, and consciousness.
I encourage you and challenge you - regardless of what the polls tell you, the television news promise you, a radio broadcast swears to you and even the candidates themselves passionately portray to you in order to receive your support. Vote...your conscious. What is your soul telling you? What does your conscious inner being say about the candidtates and your candidate in particular?
In every respect... be true to yourself and your values and commitments. Don't loose sight of what your soul...inner core tells you regardless of what anyone or anything dictates. Don't settle for who you think can or will win. Vote for the person you feel is the best candidate to start what's needed to begin the change that is cruical for not the nation but the world.
We have a solemn yet exciting obligation as we go to the polls this year with great possilbilities and promise for significant and truly meaningful change.
I think what's important to remember is not to settle. Choose from your conscious.
Happy thoughtful and radical voting to all.