Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Congratulations Barrack Obama!

Momentarily, Barrack Obama has become the 44th President of the United States. Above that, he has become the first African-American President of the United States of America. A truly historic event in our nation's ever-unfolding history.

Congratulations to Barrack Obama and everything he represents.

I think the picture of Reverend Jesse Jackson crying is fitting. He has tears of joy, tears of relief, tears of excitement. Tears that reflect the hardships of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Booker T. Washington, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, The Little Rock Nine, Malcolm X, Crispus Attucks, Bill Cosby, Thurgood Marshall and so many others.

To sum up this long civil rights battle, I think Jay-Z said it best at a rally in Philadelphia yesterday...

"Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama's running so we all can fly."

Barrack Obama will be sworn into office during the first month of 2009.
2009 marks the 100th Anniversary of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).

Barrack Obama started his political career in Springfield, Illinois. Springfield, Illinois is the birthplace of the NAACP.

Tonight the United States took a giant step forward. It's one step towards change. Towards a friendlier, well respected United States. Get ready for America 2.0.

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5 comments:

Kelsey said...

November 4, 2008 will forever be written in History books as the day when all barriers were broken for African Americans. This was not only a victory for African American this was a victory for the United States, we can never undo what was done to African Americans during slavery or any other racist act that has been commited towards them but this is a step saying that the majority of this great country no longer sees a gap between one race or another. We've come along way America and wether or not you voted for Obama this should be a proud moment for everyone. It's not often that a Historical event as great as this one occurs.

klkatz said...

well said kelsey. thanks for reading.

Julie said...

Great post on the election. What's also remarkable about the election's outcome is how many red states Obama turned blue during his campaign - it was an overwhelming majority of the electoral college. America is truly ready for a change from the current administration. Do you think people will be more likely to critize Obama since he followed Bush, or more likely praise his efforts?

Ryan said...

I'm still student teaching, and I had my students watch the concession speech of McCain and Obama's victory speech. I'm not sure if they realized how important the moment was at first, but after those speeches there was a certain feeling in the room like they had just all witnessed something great.

klkatz said...

Ryan,
i'm glad you were able to incorporate the speeches into your classroom.

I'm teaching world history this year and took some time to teach the election, and it's importance as well.

i'm in a school which is about 50% minority, so a lot of my 9th graders are a little more in-tune to the significance - many of them have great parents - so it was great to be able to share the moment with them.

I previously taught in a similar environment in Atlanta, where the heart of the african-american beats louder than most places - and I can't help but think of some of my former students and their reaction.

thanks for reading Ryan.

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