Wednesday, 25 February 2009 20:26
The election of Barack Obama has overshadowed all that has gone on before in Black History. His election in so many ways is what Black America has been waiting for. It is a sign of victory from the past struggles for equality and in a sense justice and freedom. Black History of the past has always been an annual celebration and reminder of the accomplishments achievements and contributions of Blacks to America and the world. What is important is that the election of Obama is just a chapter and that greater things are yet to come. His election is a great chapter in the Book of Black History but it does not and must not mark the end of the book.
African Americans have always had a way of saying that we were kings and queens in Africa before we were brought here in chains. Very few of us know who the kings and queens were and so we generalized about it while quoting chapter and verse about who the inventors and innovators were. Now with President Obama we can add a new chapter to Black History IQ. We can now ask, "Who was the first African American Attorney General, the first African American First Lady, and the first African President of the United States." The Obama factor has another element also. We can ask students where did President Obama go to school, where was his father's home land, what state was he born in, and what was the date of his election? The Black History book is by no means finished and like American and African History and many other holidays, it is a living thing that continues to grow and change. It is a thing that we can all be a part of.
Sunday, 22 February 2009 17:01
In the last few weeks Black America has been in a state of euphoria because of the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. But life goes on and I have also observed the Obama administration striving for economic progress.
Recently, we traveled to Atlanta for the Trumpet Awards, and but for the Induction of heroes into the Civil Rights Walk of Fame which was held at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, formerly pastured by Dr. Martin Luther King, all of the events were held in buildings not owned by African Americans.
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