Wednesday, November 5, 2008
We have all witnessed a historical event....our first African American President. Isn't that something? He is linked by race not only to those enslaved in this country but to their enslavers. I'm just mind boggled by the significance of this moment. I can so clearly remember an event when I was a little girl shopping in Oklahoma City with my mother and her aunt. I couldn't have been much more than six or seven years old and we had decided to go to the diner at Brown's department store. We hadn't been seated for long when a long line of black demonstrators stood outside the door. Some of them had actually come into the diner. There was a little black girl standing in the line and she was about my age. I remember asking my mother what was going on and she told me they were demonstrating for the right to be served in the diner. That was my first lesson on prejudice and bigotry. I couldn't imagine why this little girl couldn't sit down with her mother just like me. I never ever forgot how I felt watching all those people, quietly and peacefully demonstrate. It is wonderful to see so much happen in my own life time. Now, young African Americans will know without a doubt that all doors are open to them even the White House!