"Most Powerful Pages on the Planet"
Jan 19, 2009
Volume 2 - No. 2
Darwin Campbell, Executive Publisher
A Weekly Publication
McClellan County Commissioner Witnesses Hallmark in Black History
WASHINGTON-Growing up, the thought of electing a Black president was only a dream.
“We were told that President of the United States was a White man’s position, not a Black position,” said McClellan County Commissioner Lester L. Gibson. “They said it would never happen, but after 43 presidents, we are here in Washington to see Barack Obama become the first Black President of the United States.”
After his historic election Nov. 4 the country elected Barack Obama, the 44th U.S. president and the country’s first Black commander and chief and Commissioner Gibson is on the pilgrimage of a lifetime- to Washington D.C. to witness the inauguration of Obama in person.
“This is a defining moment in African-American history and a historic moment for the United States,” Gibson said. “It is indeed the greatest historical achievement in our day.”
Gibson, his wife and 11-year old grandson are in Washington with thousands to witness history and share in the bright optimism and promise of the Obama Administration.
“I wanted my grandson to see this in person,” he said. “I feel obligated to pass on this historical legacy to the next generation.”
Like Obama, Gibson has been a long-time Waco freedom fighter and civil rights activist who has championed good ideas, community activism, and government and education changes across Waco and McClennan County.
Gibson is a dedicated servant of the Waco, McLennan County, Texas community, currently serving in the field of Public Administration and county commissioner for McLennan County, Precinct 2.
A 1974 graduate from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, Gibson has continuously encouraged the recognition, understanding, and resolution of social problems in the Waco, McLennan County, Texas area.
According to Gibson, the Obama presidency is the culmination and climax of a multitude of past struggles that included the march out of slavery to Brown vs. The Board of Education to the march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge, the fight to eliminate Jim Crow Laws in the South, the lack of reparations and years of labor exploitation that included the using of slaves to help build the White House.
Under Bush, problems remain that include constant problems related to housing, justice, police, criminal justice and social issues.
Gibson said African-Americans should be proud, but must realize the power of unity.
“He pulled people together and unified the masses,” he said. “This campaign indeed broke all records.”
Gibson said the Obama story is one that will be told for generations.
“This defines and tells the story of the struggle of the people,” he said. “It also demonstrates what can be achieved through political means.”
Looking ahead, Gibson believes things will change.
“We expect Obama to be a fair and just ruler,” he said. “He certainly should do better than the 43rd (Bush).”