Many of us have made great personal and professional strides in our lives.
But, we must never forget that any great thing we have done, could not have been, but for the sacrifices made by our Elders and our Ancestors. ..those who came before us, who survived the Middle Passage, chattel slavery, black codes, lynch laws, Jim Crow, and endured the Civil Rights and the Black Power Movements.
We are the benefactors of their struggles, and we must never forget. We enjoy the privileges they fought for...the right to sit in the front of the bus, sit at the lunch counter, to enroll at the college of our choice, to live in any neighborhood, and exercise our civil rights of voting.
They kicked down the doors, so that we, their children, grandchildren and great grand children, could walk in.
African and American history was made on Wednesday, August 27, 2008, because of the struggles of those who came before us.
Our native son, and brother, Senator Barack Obama, became the first African born in America to receive the Democratic nomination as the candidate for the President of the United States.
Many of us are excited, but I believe our Elders are perhaps the ones who are rejoicing the most - those Elders who had to sit in the back of the bus, who integrated high schools, who protested and were beaten and sprayed with waterhose, who never had the opportunity to obtain an education, and who, as young adults, were denied their right to vote.
I have heard many of them pose the question..."can this really happen, in my lifetime?" And for the first time, the world can resound loudly..."YES IT CAN"....
Millions of African people will bare witness to our native son and brother as he gives his acceptance speech, and for those who doubt his ability...you must remember this historical fact:
A Black man laid out the design for Washington D.C. and for the White House....
Black men laid the foundation and built the White House
And now the time has come for a Black Man, a son of Africa, to run the White House..
"If God didn't speak to us....he didn't speak to nobody"