Sunday, November 9, 2008

Veritable Vision 11/09/08

Look with favor upon a bold beginning.

Virgil
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In my life time I have known of black men being lynched or burned to death, of being denied housing, denied education, the right to vote or even register. I have seen the signs on public buildings reading "colored entrance." I have seen job, housing, social and cultural discrimination of the worst kind. I have seen the looks of despair and failure on the faces and in the eyes of black men and women in the cities.

But I have also witnessed the Civil Rights Movement, Selma, Alabama, Rosa Parks, the rise of the ACLU, the SPLC, CORE, The United Negro College Fund, The March on Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr. for whom there are now high schools named and a national holiday. Lyndon Johnson and the signing of the Civil Rights Act, school desegregation, bussing, a frightened but courageous young girl being led to school by federal marshals, the rise of respect for black people in sports, the arts and government. And now, at last, a black President of the U.S. All of it in my lifetime.

I know there are people who are dissatisfied with the results of this latest election for the wrong reasons. But the fact is that the change my country needs has already begun and I give it my meager but honest support.


DB

7 comments:

Beth said...

I still don't think it's sunk in yet for me.

Hugs, Beth

Rose said...

I support Obama. He has heavy burdens on his shoulder and I pray he and his staff will do well.

Hugs, Rose

Breezy said...

Obama said for those of you that didn't vote for me I hope to earn your respect and support. I think we owe him that chance.

Dannelle said...

I have seen what you describe also- Funny the other democrat I embraced was Johnson! My mother told me neverto mention it! LOL I must post my feelings about this soon. Dannelle

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

It is amazing the changes we are experiencing in our lifetimes :o)

a corgi said...

lots of changes you have seen over your lifetime DB; amazing how much the world continues to change

betty

Searching for Peace said...

I disnt support Obama. But I do wish him all the luck. He has alot of people relying on him to straighten up this mess. God Bless him....hugs, Christine