What words can be said that could possibly articulate the incredible joy and hopeful presence that resides in the souls of so many this night. I cannot express my feelings, my heart, my soul at this moment as I'm sure many would echo my words. As I watched, MY President Elect give his speech, gentle tears were in my eyes and I saw the eyes of others watching the speech President Obama share so profoundly with humility. He spoke of his appreciation, his devotion, his passion and love and need for the people who had elected him President of the United States of America.
Many have called this a historic moment, a great step forward, and a path towards healing the past. It is a millstone like none other made previously in the history of America. And yes, a move towards a bright beginning.
One of the most salient factors in this election was that President Obama transcended the odds, fears, myths, judgments, suspicions, prejudices, pain, heartache, confusion, and the unknown facts about himself. He transcended race in a way far more complex than "we're not looking at it..." . Many were looking at it in some respect. President Obama transcended towards it-- in that he challenged people to accept race.
He faced all fears without reservation.
President Obama was calm in the midst of the raging around him. He held his own and conducted himself in a genuine manner with strength of character and the true Obama stood strong.
This is a veritable instance of reflection and anticipation. In addition, it is a time of remembering those that laid the foundation for this victorious occasion.
Shirley Chisholm - who the first African American woman elected to Congress. Ms. Chisholm ran for President of the U.S in 1972. She did not receive the nomination but she did get 151 delegate votes.
There was also Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights leader who ran for President in 1984.
There is something to be said for these pioneers. We can also say volumes in regards to community organizing, engaging with others, grass roots activities, volunteering oneself to the lives of others, and never giving up.
This is only a fragment of a promise for change which has only just begun. The start of that change and hope was seen in the eyes of so many watching the speech given by President Barack Obama tonight.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and so many others I wish I could name one by one are looking on with pride as we all look forward.
It is my hope and prayer that we all will get beside our President-Elect, Barack Obama in support and sIolidarity and exercise our rights to help him build that change that is only starting to evolve.