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Today is am amazing day in the history of the US - Barack Obama will take the oath of office as President in about an hour's time. For those of us, who have lived through the Civil Rights Movement, this is a monumental event and shows that united, working together and never giving up hope for equality and justice, we are seeing a man of color assuming the highest office in this land.
Yesterday, was Martin Luther King Day, and how well I can remember, as most of us can, his famous "I Have a Dream Speech". One statement Dr. King made in that speech was, "I hope that someday, a man will not be judged by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character." That day is here - that day is now and I know that Dr. King is smiling as are all those who sacrificed and gave their lives for equality and justice for all people.

That was an amazing day in history too. It was impossible to listen to the speech that day and not feel ovewhelmed emotionally. It was such a time of hope. We had the leadership of Dr. King, we had Bobby Kennedy as our political hope for the next President, and it was if all our dreams were destroyed at once when both Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy were both murdered. The overwhelming sadness and then the violence that followed made it a difficult time in our history.

But today is a new day - filled with hope and promise. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us. But together as a united nation, we can make positive change.

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Comment by Caracoli on January 23, 2009 at 12:58pm

The inagauration day was unlike any day i ever seen in my life. One can sense the overwhelming pride in african americans, like a giant weight has been taken off their shoulders. You can see it in the faces of the people ,this feeling of hope that resonates throughout. What a beautifull thing. Such a powerfull vibration one knows this is a special day in the history of the world.

Dr King stood there 46 years ago Dreaming that one day his people will be singing "My Country tis of Thee" with new meaning for America, Aretha Franklin interpreted Dr Kings message with passion on a day unprecedented in the annals of this country. Dr Kings Dream has come to pass.

I never saw such a large assembly of youth with a buzz and feeling that they matter. Let use that for a better future for our people. I pray that they don't get disappointed after the hype is over, I pray that they have not given their faith in vain

Comment by Al "Kutubanama" Velazquez on January 21, 2009 at 5:46pm
I have NEVER voted before. I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I see myseslf as a moderate. At this time last year I was actually leaning towards Hillary Clinton, but I noticed that when she, and others attacked him, Obama kept on coming out looking much and much better!!! I saw that he didn't speak "Politics as Usual". He is truly Pro Native, unlike other previous Presidents and I believe he will definitely make a difference. He has an uphill battle because he is inheriting a lot of garbage Bush left behind, but I see and feel hopeful. I believe it when he says "Yes Ww Can!!!". These elections were so important in my eyes that for the first time, this Native voted, and proudly!!! I am proud to say I Barracked the Vote!!!
Comment by adem medina cardona on January 20, 2009 at 9:54pm
i voted for the first time in 25 years because this time it seemed my vote mattered
it is a great day indeed
Comment by Caracoli on January 20, 2009 at 7:10pm

Comment by Caracoli on January 20, 2009 at 7:05pm
I've seen the promise land

I might not get there with you

But I want you to know tonite

that we as a people will get to the promise land

so i'm happy tonite I'm not worried about anything I'm not fearing any man


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