I have been thinking furiously today of what would be the correct response to what has occurred in the past 24 hours. I was then reminded of one of my best friend back in the third grade, Jonas Gray.
Jonas and I both aspired to do something great. We both wanted to be Police Officers (Jonas’s Mom is a Cop). We both wanted to be Doctor’s (My Mom is a nurse) and then we both said that we want to be the first black president. When we told our moms this they just laughed. My mom can no longer laugh, because (Barack Obama will be the President of the Untied States).
Today my grandmother turns 80 years old. She has been given an amazing gift. As we talked this morning she said, “I never thought I’d see it in my lifetime.” She said she’d been crying all day. This moment in history is not just a step forward, it is not just progress…but it truly declares what the old negro spiritual says, “We Shall Overcome Someday.”
This has been a long time coming. It started with black people all over this nation standing up for what was right. It all started with great men like Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, and John F. Kennedy.
In Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech on the day before he died, these were his final thoughts:
“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
Regardless of where you have stood in the past or where you stand today…Celebrate this moment in history. Celebrate freedom, Celebrate what my family lived and got through, Celebrate the overcoming of slavery; Celebrate the grace, mercy, and love of God and Celebrate the United States of America.